Residents from Porter Ranch and neighbouring communities attend a town hall meeting at the Shepard of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch, California on January 15, 2016 to discuss the Aliso Canyon gas leak. / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN
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Southern California Gas Co, one of the country's biggest gas utilities and a division of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, has said the leak was caused by a broken injection-well pipe several hundred feet beneath the surface of the 3,600-acre field.The late Friday meeting marked the highest level delegation of California officials to the Porter Ranch area since Governor Jerry Brown visited the site on Jan. 4, prompting him to declare a state of emergency.About 1,000 residents attended the meeting to voice their concerns to a panel of local and state officials that included Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the governor's office of emergency services, and Matt Rodriquez, Secretary of Environmental Protection in California.
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