Calling for Sweeping Reforms of the Oil & Gas Industry
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 15, 2016 at 1:05 PM
This Tuesday, I submitted a resolution calling for the City of Los Angeles to sponsor sweeping regulatory reforms for the oil and gas industry. The resolution calls for regulatory reform legislation that will:
Increase the public disclosure requirements for oil and gas storage facilities including but not limited to the number of wells; the current status of emergency valves; age of the wells and related infrastructure and make publicly available the inspection history for each well.
Establish a moratorium for new gas wells and gas storage wells until all existing wells are brought up to current standards.
Require immediate disclosure of leaks to the local community and government representatives.
Require new/best available technologies to be incorporated for monitoring and preventing future leaks.
Require yearly updates of safety and prevention plans and emergency plans to be filed with the appropriate regulatory agencies for review.
Require equipment necessary to enact the emergency plan to be located on site so that there is no lag time between an incident and the remediation necessary.
Create a permanent moratorium on remediation costs being passed onto ratepayers or taxpayers.
Create a mechanism for calculating the environmental damage so that the true cost of remediating additional GHG emissions will be borne by the polluter and not the ratepayer/taxpayer.
The Aliso Canyon gas leak is proving to be one of the most devastating environmental disasters in the history of California. It is obvious that the status quo was not and is not sufficient to protect public health and ensure the safety of our communities.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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