Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in response to a report by the Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety. Senators Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) requested the report after the disastrous leak at the Aliso Canyon facility last year.
“I remain convinced that Aliso Canyon must be permanently closed. A leak in just one of the 114 wells at the site escalated into a disaster that endangered the health of local residents, forcing almost 5,000 families out of their homes.
“Aliso Canyon proved that a leak in a system with so little margin for error poses a serious threat to public safety. Facilities that use similar methods do not belong in close proximity to our communities.
“The report makes clear that all gas wells should be thoroughly inspected to prevent leaks and have redundancies in place to ensure a leak does not turn into a disaster. I am grateful to the experts on the task force for thoroughly investigating Aliso Canyon and making recommendations to prevent similar disasters from occurring elsewhere.
“I am pleased that state and federal regulators are preparing new comprehensive regulations consistent with this report’s recommendations. I believe we must now begin to move Southern California away from natural gas and toward safer, cleaner energy alternatives.”