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Massive LA-Area Gas Leak Could Be Capped In A Week

Dean Musgrove / Los Angeles Daily News Via AP / Pool

Crews from SoCalGas and outside experts work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 9. 2015.

Dean Musgrove / Los Angeles Daily News Via AP / Pool

(AP) - A state official has outlined a plan to cap the massive Los Angeles-area gas leak by the end of next week.

An adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown told residents of Porter Ranch on Thursday that the final phase to intercept the ruptured well should start Monday.

Wade Crowfoot says it will take up to five more days to permanently seal the Southern California Gas Co. well that began leaking in October.

The blowout at the largest natural gas-storage facility in the West has uprooted thousands of residents and spewed more than 2 million tons of climate-changing methane.

Residents have complained of headaches, nausea, nosebleeds and other symptoms. Public health officials blame the woes on an odorant added to the gas and say there shouldn't be long-term health problems.