State officials warned Tuesday that Southern California could experience as many as 14 days of blackouts this summer due to the massive methane leak in Aliso Canyon. The Aliso Canyon storage facility in the hills above Porter Ranch is at one-fifth of its capacity because of a well leak that began in October. Officials said it could potentially take months to bring it back online, and in the meantime, local power plants will be without a key source of natural gas.

Aliso Canyon supplies natural gas to 17 power plants in the Los Angeles basin, including four operated by the Department of Water and Power. A drop in supply would affect the DWP’s ability to get electricity from its natural gas-powered plants, officials said. READ MORE