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SACRAMENTO, CA- A proposed project to pump 8 million cubic feet of natural gas underground in a South Sacramento neighborhood drew fireTuesday evening asprotesters demonstrated at Danny Nunn Park.

Sacramento Natural Gas Storage wants to store natural gas in sandstone formations; leasing out the storage to SMUD and other utilities. It would be held three quarters of a mile underground beneath 717 homes in South Sacramento. Property owners would receive $500 dollars a year if they agree to the project.

Many protesters say they're worried about their safety and the possibility of another explosion like the one in San Bruno in 2009.

Meanwhile, advocates say this is not a new idea. They say they are replacing the natural gas pumped out of the area decades ago.

Donald Russell, President of Sacramento Natural Gas Storage, said there has been five years of planning and safety studies and numerous meetings and public hearings.

75 percent of the property owners have signed onto support the proposed gas storage project.

The controversial project goes before the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco this Thursday for a final vote.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

Twitter: @suzannephan