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Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Facility Scheduled to Reopen

Porter Ranch (PRC.News) – On October 23, 2015, Porter Ranch residents learned about a gas leak in their neighborhood that would come to be known as one of the largest gas leaks in America.

It was soon referred to as the “Aliso Canyon SoCalGas leak.” In fact, the Los Angeles CBS Local reported that the gas leak “emitted 109,000 metric tons of methane displaced at least 7000 Porter Ranch area residents for months.”

The record breaking gas leak lasted for approximately 119 days, 2,856 hours, 171,360 minutes straight until it was finally contained on February 18, 2016.

Not knowing the long-term health effects of breathing chemicals from the gas leak, Porter Ranch residence called for the permanent capping of the well and closure of Aliso Canyon facility. Homeowners said they want the facility closed because future health consequences sustained from inhalation of the gas leak chemicals are not fully studied or known. Short-term, many residents complained to SoCalGas, physicians, and lawyers of symptoms that include headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, lethargy, and difficulty breathing.

As a result of complains, during the leak, SoCalGas relocated thousands of residents affected by the leak. SoCalGas also ordered air quality tests conducted on the outside and inside of homes, as well as residue stuck on the exterior surface of affected properties. These tests were conducted to ensure safe air quality for the residents of Porter Ranch.

On July 19, 2017, the State of California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) issued a news release where State Inspections confirm the safety of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. According to the news release the CPUC stated that, “Following months of rigorous inspection and analysis of wells at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility – and the implementation of multiple new safety protocols – state engineering and safety enforcement experts have concluded the facility is safe to operate and can reopen at a greatly reduced capacity in order to protect public safety and prevent an energy shortage in Southern California.

The news release further indicated that sixty percent of the wells have been taken out of operation. According to CPUC, there will continue to be rigorous testing of the 114 wells and the storage capacity of the well will be maintained at twenty-eight percent, sufficient to ensure that Los Angeles will not have a disruption of service from gas shortages. While all of these measures have taken place, many Porter Ranch residents are still uneasy about having Aliso Canyon storage facility reopen.

Accompanying documents and additional information about the decision can be found at Aliso / Conservation.

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