Porter Ranch Gas Leak Investigation SB-57

SB 57

Natural gas storage: moratorium

We are standing in solidarity with the residents of the San Fernando Valley that are still suffering in the aftermath of largest methane gas leak in United States history. We support Senate Bill 57 to stop the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) from reopening the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility before the Brown Administration completes its investigation of the “root cause” of the October, 2015 blowout. SB 57 willdem and that the root cause investigation be required by SB 380 (legislation passed last year), must be completed before the Aliso Canyon facility can be reopened.

This gas leak at the Aliso Canyon facility displaced more than 25,000 residents from their homes who were suffering from symptoms such as rashes, nosebleeds, headaches, vomiting, nausea, skin irritations, blood pressure spikes, heart palpitations, and respiratory problems.

On January 24, 2017, SoCal Gas withdrew gas from Aliso Canyon as an emergency measure. Many believe that SoCal Gas may have manufactured a shortage in order to justify reopening of Aliso Canyon in advance of regulatory hearings scheduled for Feb. 1 and 2. We are calling on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer to investigate. Since these recent withdrawals, residents near the facility reported the strong odor of mercaptans and there was an uptick in symptoms in the community. Until the cause of these health symptoms is identified and resolved with a long-term health study, the reopening of Aliso Canyon is unacceptable.

It is imperative that the public understands what caused the blowout before allowing Aliso Canyon to reopen.
UPDATE: 22-JUN-17

A Town Hall will take place next Thursday, June 29th at 630p conducted by Ed Hernandez on Facebook Live. We will post the link on our Hollywood NOW FB.

You can also help, by donating to fund an INDEPENDENT HEALTH STUDY.

People are still getting sick in the five-mile relocation (and beyond) radius. They smell gas in their communities regularly. The health symptoms are constant, and worsening. The county is dragging its feet, and there’s currently next to NO money for a health study.

Dr. Jeffrey Nordella alone has been pioneering a bigger picture of what’s going on in the community through his local clinic, and now he needs funding to build a control group of residents to study 10 miles away from Aliso Canyon. This will help verify his results, and draw a contrast between proximity.

 $100 buys a toxicological test kit for one person, but anything helps. Will you donate to make this happen? Public health data is what keeps this fight alive! https://www.gofundme.com/SoCalGasBlowoutCaseStudy

UPDATE: 15-SEP-17

 

State Senator Henry Stern’s bill to stop natural gas injections from being resumed at Aliso Canyon, site of the massive natural gas leak in 2015, was not heard as scheduled Tuesday morning.

The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Chair Senator Ben Hueso pulled Senate Bill 57 from the agenda, therefore preventing it from moving forward by refusing to hear or vote on it.

If it had been approved, the bill would have required the California Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to complete an analysis to determine the cause of the Aliso Canyon leak before considering whether or not to lift the moratorium on natural gas injections.

The bill had bi-partisan support from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, State Senators Bob Hertzberg and Scott Wilk, Assemblyman Dante Acosta, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles’ Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council.

It has now been ordered to the inactive file.

Hollywood NOW Letter Pdf.

CA Bill link: SB-57 Natural gas storage