The Latest on Aliso Canyon
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 02, 2018 at 1:59 PM
This week, several important news stories were published regarding the causes and consequences of the Aliso Canyon gas leak which remains the largest natural gas blow-out in U.S. history.
After almost two-and-a-half years since the initial blow out, KPCC reports that investigators have finally determined that the leak was caused by a severely corroded well casing. This is a troubling discovery. If one well was impacted like this then it stands to reason that other wells may have the same or similar damage.
Given this report, we must be vigilant in monitoring the facility so long as it remains operational with the ultimate goal of taking the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility permanently offline.
Also this week, the Daily News reported the actual cost to date of the blow-out to the operating entity, Sempra Energy. The Daily News reported that the cost to the company to stop the leak and mitigate community impact was $913 million and may yet increase as additional fines, penalties, and damages are levied on the company.
Lastly this week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health published a report detailing how local and state regulators have fallen short in protecting residents of Los Angeles from oil and gas operations. The report goes into detail and recommends numerous changes to regulatory and oversight practices and procedures. As Councilmember, I will advocate for the implementation of these recommendations to ensure that the disaster of the Aliso Canyon gas leak never occurs again.