COVER STORY

What’s next at Aliso Canyon?

We can never let this happen again

After raging uncontrolled for four months, sickening thousands of Porter Ranch residents and forcing the relocation of more than 5,000 families, the disastrous gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage field has been plugged. The glare of media attention has diminished and the television cameras have mostly disappeared. But for those who were most affected by the leak, the Aliso Canyon storage facility remains an issue of urgent and immediate concern.

Is it safe? Can we be certain it will never happen again? When can normality and a sense of security return at Porter Ranch?

I have introduced legislation to address precisely those questions. SB 380 would extend the moratorium on gas injections into the field and also restrict production from vintage wells until all wells have been inspected and certified as posing little risk to the public. SB 887 would overhaul safety regulations at all 14 natural gas storage facilities in California.

SB 380 would also require the California Public Utilities Commission to study the feasibility of closing the Aliso Canyon storage facility or minimizing its use.

Please join me in supporting these bills to make certain safety comes first, and that there will be no return to business as usual until public safety is assured. You can follow developments on these bills and other issues concerning Aliso Canyon here.