Category: Aliso Canyon

State and SoCal Gas Settle Over Aliso Gas Leak for $119.5 Million

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The news of an tentative settlement between state officials and SoCal has many residents involved in a class action suit nervous.

A $119.5 million settlement agreement was announced Wednesday to resolve claims by several governmental bodies stemming from the massive Aliso Canyon methane leak — the biggest in U.S. history — that sent more than 100,000 tons of natural gas into neighborhoods around Porter Ranch.

According to a statement released by Southern California Gas Co. just before the start of a news conference to detail the agreement, the settlement with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the County of Los Angeles, the California Attorney General’s office and the California Air Resources Board resolves “all outstanding claims by those government bodies against the company related to the 2015-2016 natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.”

“Under the terms of the $119.5 million settlement agreement, SoCalGas will, among other things, reimburse city, county and state governments for costs associated with their response to the leak; establish a program with the California Air Resources Board to mitigate the methane emissions from the leak; and fund local environmental benefit projects to be administered by the government parties,” according to the statement.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Mitch Englander and county Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis were scheduled to discuss the settlement at a 10 a.m. news conference.

The gas stemmed from an underground storage facility owned by the company.

Officials said the invisible gas was flowing for about four months in what is being called the worst methane leak in history. An estimated 8,000 residents evacuated their homes, and people from the area said they experienced health issues such as headaches, nosebleeds and nausea.

A class-action suit involving around 9,000 plaintiffs has been filed again SoCalGas. People affiliated with the suit said they resented reports of a settlement since it indicated that a state investigation of the leak will end even though, they claim, the leaking has not stopped.

Bret Lane, the utility’s president and chief operating officer, said SoCalGas “is delivering on our commitment to the governor and the people of California to fully mitigate the methane emissions from the leak at our Aliso Canyon facility.”

“The settlement will also help California meet its ambitious climate goals by advancing projects that capture methane from dairy farms and waste and convert that energy into renewable natural gas for use in transportation,” he said. “SoCalGas is pleased to have worked with the Attorney General’s Office, the Air Resources Board, the Los Angeles City Attorney and the County of Los Angeles to resolve these matters for the people of California.”

The gas leak, which was discovered in October 2015 and continued emanating methane until February 2016, poured an estimated 109,000 tons of methane into the air and forced an estimated 15,000 residents to temporarily relocate.

Limited operations resumed at the facility in late July 2017 with the blessing of state regulators. Efforts by Los Angeles County officials to block the resumed operations failed in court.

Last year, SoCalGas reached an $8.5 million settlement with South Coast Air Quality Management District over the leak, which included $1 million in funding for an SCAQMD-sponsored health study on the impacts of the leak, although county health officials said that $35 million to $40 million would be needed for an adequate study.

Supervisor Barger: Call to Action! Monthly Meeting WEDNESDAY, 2/7 at 7pm

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Call and Email L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger TODAY!

It’s time for Supervisor Barger to do more, and call on Gov. Jerry Brown to shut down Aliso Canyon before he leaves office.
CALL her TODAY! (213) 974-5555

Supervisor Barger has agreed that:

  1. Aliso Canyon is not safe
  2. Residents are too sick
  3. AND we don’t need it for energy reliability.

She worked to keep Aliso Canyon closed to gas injections when Governor Brown push to open it. Now we need her to make a final stand in Brown’s last year. Call on Governor Brown to use his authority to shut down Aliso Canyon now, not in ten years!

CALL and EMAIL:
(213) 974-5555
[email protected]

Demand:
We want Supervisor Barger to pass a resolution like LAUSD did to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to #ShutItALLDown!

Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 7, 7-9pm

Are you sick of all the latest leaks? Want to do more to help us shut down Aliso Canyon? Join us at the next Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting to get more involved with our campaigns to shut down Aliso Canyon, get a health study, Dr. Nordella’s study, and more.

Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of every month for the Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting.

And please bring your checkbook, cash or credit card so you can donate to SPR!  Ask your neighbors to help even if they can’t be at the meeting.

What: Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 7, 7:00-900pm, social/food from 7:00-7:30, meeting from 7:30-9:00pm
Where: 9666 Lemona Ave, North Hills, CA
Bring: small dish of food to share, notebook, pen

IF YOU ARE SICK OR SMELL GAS, take these steps to report it!

Dr. Nordella’s Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Study Town Hall Meeting – Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Many North Valley community members were gravely impacted by the Aliso Canyon gas facility disaster of 2015, and many continue to experience unexplained health ailments.  After many failed promises of a meaningful health impact study, Dr. Jeffrey Nordella, a local medical doctor, stepped up to the plate and decided to undertake the study by himself.  He set up an arrangement with an out-of-state laboratory, and many community members submitted hair and urine samples for toxins analysis, which they had to pay for themselves.  Dr. Nordella has spent countless hours seeing patients and analyzing their health data.  He is finally ready to present to the community the outcome of his study and his interpretation of the results.

With support from non-profit organizations in the community, Dr. Nordella will be presenting the results at a Town Hall meeting to be held at the Woodland Hills Hilton on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  The hotel is located at 6360 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills.  The Town Hall is scheduled from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Parking at the hotel costs $16, but there is free parking in the vicinity. The Orange Line Canoga Station is two walkable blocks to the north.  Please refer to flyer for further event details.

Judge Denies County’s Bid To Block Aliso Canyon Restart

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The ruling paves the way for Gas Co. to restart operations at Aliso Canyon, which was closed down following a catastrophic leak.

Los Angeles County lost its bid Friday for a court order blocking the re-start of natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility in Porter Ranch, the site of the largest methane leak in U.S. history.

State regulators announced last week that injections could resume in a limited fashion, primarily to prevent electrical supply shortages in Southern California. But county officials objected, saying the facility should not reopen until a study is completed on the cause of the 2015-16 gas leak. They also argued that further study is needed on the possible damage a large earthquake could cause to the storage field.

The county asked for a temporary restraining order blocking the resumption of gas injections, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Shepard Wiley Jr. ruled that he did not have the authority to “interfere” in the operation of a facility governed by the California Public Utilities Commission. Read more »

Notice of Joint Agency Workshop on Aliso Canyon Action Plan for Local Energy Reliability in Summer 2016

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The California Energy Commission will jointly conduct a workshop with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Independent System Operator (California ISO), and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to discuss the near-term gas and electricity reliability risks to the Los Angeles Basin due to recent events at the Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon gas storage facility. The joint agency workshop will include an action plan describing the local reliability risks for the summer of 2016 and recommended near-term mitigation measures. The workshop is part of the 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update proceeding.
Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller will conduct the meeting jointly with CPUC President Michael Picker, along with representatives from the California ISO and LADWP. Chair Weisenmiller is the Energy Commission’s Lead Commissioner for electricity and natural gas issues. Other Commissioners from the Energy Commission and the CPUC may also attend and participate in the workshop. A quorum of Commissioners from the CPUC and/or the Energy Commission may be in attendance.
130924-California-Energy-Commission-LOGOFRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016
1:00 pm
(Wheelchair Accessible)
Seating capacity is limited to 380
Remote Access Available by Computer or Phone via WebEx™
For details, go to www.energy.ca.gov/webcast.
The workshop will be streamed live at http://live.hosted.events/AlisoCanyon.

President Obama Creates Task Force to Investigate Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

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The task force aims to investigate how the Aliso Canyon leak happened, why it took so long to fix and how to prevent future leaks.

President Barack Obama has agreed to convene a multi- agency task force to investigate the cause of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak and determine ways to prevent a similar incident from occurring, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein announced today.

Boxer, who last week joined Feinstein in requesting that Obama set up the committee, said she is “gratified that President Obama understands that we must make sure that what happened in Aliso Canyon never happens again, and the task force he has appointed will report back in six months on how to do just that.”

She said Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz assured her Thursday that “the task force will work with state and local officials to resolve all outstanding issues, including whether Aliso Canyon can operate safely in the future, in order to protect our people and our planet.” Read more »

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