Boxer asks president to probe Southern California gas leak

Mar 23, 2016 6:50 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California senators want President Obama to investigate a huge natural gas leak that forced thousands of people from their Los Angeles homes.

Sen. Barbara Boxer announced Wednesday that she and Sen. Diane Feinstein have asked the president to convene a multi-agency task force to investigate the cause of the four-month leak from a storage well.

Boxer says the task force should also determine whether the Aliso Canyon storage facility is safe to continue operations.

The gas leak was sealed in February. Thousands of Porter Ranch residents left their homes out of concern that the leak might affect their health and about 2,600 remain out.

The Southern California Gas Co. has said there's no evidence of a health risk but Boxer says residents need to be reassured it's safe.

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