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Methane gas closes Culver City dog park

October 1, 2010 |  4:12 pm

Culver City officials said Friday that the municipal dog park has been closed until further notice because low levels of methane gas have been found at the site of an unexplained water seep in the portion of the park reserved for large dogs.

Representatives from the city, Plains Exploration & Production Co. and the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources have investigated the matter, but have not yet determined the cause of the seepage. But, city officials said in a statement, “preliminary air samples indicate a very low level of methane gas is present.”

Although outside experts concluded that the low concentrations of methane did not pose a risk to public health or safety, the city decided to keep the park closed to make it easier for Plains Exploration & Production to investigate further and to allow for any necessary repairs. The company holds drilling rights to the area’s Inglewood Oil Field.

The dog park is on Duquesne Avenue in Culver City Park, east of Overland Avenue and south of Jefferson Boulevard.

-- Martha Groves