- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An oil and gas company has restarted long-idle wells in a Los Angeles neighborhood that residents had hoped would be capped.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday (https://lat.ms/1W64mkt ) that Freeport-McMoRan says it restored the flow of natural gas after 5 years to satisfy a city demand that the firm either restart the wells or abandon them.

Community members had raised concerns about the idle wells in Arlington Heights because if oil or gas wells deteriorate, chemicals, fluids or gases can leak into groundwater or the air.

Resident Michael Salman tells the Times he thinks Freeport reactivated the wells to avoid the expense of capping them. The company says the site still has economic value.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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