DOGGR Certifies Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Sealed
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 19, 2016 at 3:15 PM
Pictured (left): DOGGR officials announcing certification of seal on the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak
Yesterday, the Department of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) joined by State and local agencies certified that the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak which has persisted for 119 days has been sealed.
This is not the end of this catastrophic disaster, this is the beginning of the next chapter. The next chapter is yet to be written but it must include the safe return home for the thousands of affected families, a thorough investigation of the leak, an overhaul of regulatory responsibilities in the oil and gas industry, and a comprehensive study of potential health impacts to this community, families and our environment.
Pictured (right): Councilmember Englander discusses home testing requirements with Los Angeles County Health officials.
I have called for the following from SoCal Gas, and both state and local agencies following the closure of the leak:
- Ensure that this community is safe
- Ensure the entire SoCal Gas storage facility is safe
- Make sure that people return safely to their homes
- Complete a full investigation of the causes of the leak
- Strengthen the rules, regulations, communications, responsibilities, and regulatory roles
- Hold accountable those responsible
- Mitigate the damage and injury to this community, families, businesses, and environment.
- Complete a thorough and independent comprehensive health study
With the certification by DOGGR, those residents staying in hotels will have untilThursday, February 25 to check out. Those residents who have leases, SoCal Gas has pledged to honor the term of those leases. If you require extra time or have special circumstances that require more time for relocation please contact the SoCal Gas at 818-700-3600 or visit the Customer Service Resource Center located at 19731 Rinaldi St. in Porter Ranch.
Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about returning home from the Los Angeles County Department of Health.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District