Expanding Support for SB 146 to Oppose Reinjection at Aliso Canyon
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 03, 2017 at 5:02 PM
This week, the City Council unanimously passed my resolution supporting California State Senate Bill 146 by State Senator Henry Stern. The legislation was signed by Mayor Garcetti on Wednesday. Additionally, this week, I introduced the resolution at the Independent Cities Association (ICA) Winter Seminar, where it was also passed unanimously. ICA is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation made up of forty-eight member cities in the Southern California area.
Stern’s bill extends the prohibition of gas injection into the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility until officials have identified the root cause of the leak and released the findings to the public.
SB 146 would also change the deadline for the Public Utilities Commission to open proceedings to determine the feasibility of minimizing or eliminating the use of Aliso Canyon to December 31, 2017 from July 1, 2017.
It is unacceptable that as we approach the one-year anniversary of the closure of the Aliso Canyon leak, we still don’t know the root cause of the largest leak in US history. With over 15,000 residents relocated, two schools closed, and dozens of businesses affected, it is simply irresponsible to reopen without a completed investigation.
If you grounded a plane because of engine problems, you would never allow that plane to fly unless you were certain of the cause of the failure and able to prevent it.
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