Englander Calls for Investigation of Termo Company for Illegal Release of Gas in Aliso Canyon
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 29, 2016 at 1:39 PM
On Tuesday, I submitted a motion requesting that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) report to the City Council any action pending with regard to the Termo Company for the illegal release of natural gas in the Aliso Canyon Field. Additionally, the motion calls for District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Attorney General Kamala Harris to review the case for possible criminal or civil investigation as allowable by law.
The leak was discovered when the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and South Coast Air Quality Management District flew over the field on January 23 with a forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera. Oil and gas division personnel were dispatched to the site to find the source of the leak.
Division inspectors returned on January 28 to find that the operator had removed a pipeline, which had been connected only to the wellhead, indicating the venting was intentional. Termo was cited for three violations: unreasonable waste of gas, improper disposal of oil field waste, and failure to maintain and monitor the production facility.
The actions of The Termo Company appear willful and intentional. I am convinced that their total lack of regard for the rules protecting the health and safety of their host community demands an immediate investigation. This community deserves justice.
Click here to view motion.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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