Info Alert: SoCal Gas Reaches Settlement on Aliso Canyon
Yesterday the Southern California Gas Company reached an agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the County of Los Angeles, the California Office of the Attorney General, and the California Air Resources Board to resolve all outstanding claims against the company related to the 2015-2016 natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.
Under the $119.5 million settlement agreement, SoCalGas will 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.
You can read SoCal Gas’ full press release by clicking here.
In October of 2015 a well ruptured near the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas storage facility leading to one of the largest methane leaks in the nation. After implementing rigorous safety measures, a completed safety review that has been considered by experts as the most comprehensive in the nation lead to the safe but limited reopening of Aliso Canyon in July of 2017.
The Aliso Canyon Natural Gas storage facility is an important addition to LA County’s energy portfolio, and is a reliable source of clean energy to cover the peak demands of cooling and heating for 11 million So Cal people and thousands of businesses. We look forward to continuing to work with SoCal Gas and stakeholders to make sure Aliso Canyon is safe, operational and serving the residents and businesses of Southern California.