On the seventh anniversary of the Aliso Canyon Gas Blowout October 23, Congressman Brad Sherman, whose home was as close as any residence to the facility, continues to push for the closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility and to ensure that SoCal Gas is held responsible for their actions.
“We need a plan to close the Aliso Canyon facility now,” Sherman urged. “We cannot wait another seven to 15 years.” The 2015 blowout resulted in the largest natural gas leak in U.S. history. Efforts to cap the well lasted for several months. A toxic mix of chemicals was released into the area, including more than 100,000 tons of methane, severely impacting residents in the northern Los Angeles community of Porter Ranch and surrounding areas. “Seven years have passed, and countless families continue to report serious health effects from the blowout.”
Sherman argued, “There has been ample time for SoCal Gas and the California Public Utilities Commission to provide a plan for the immediate closure of the natural gas facility at Aliso Canyon while maintaining reliable gas service. We know from the Aliso Canyon root cause analysis that the blowout was the result of negligence, and the company must take full responsibility for the costs of this disaster,” said Sherman. “And we know that the facility remains an unacceptable risk to the community.”