STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on one-year anniversary and task force report on Aliso Canyon disaster
The federal Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety, led by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), released its findings on the causes and effects of the Aliso Canyon gas leak and the measures needed to prevent another disaster.
Mayor Garcetti released the following statement in response to the findings and to mark the coming one-year anniversary of the discovery of the massive leak on Oct. 23, 2015:
“Protecting the health of our communities, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and moving toward a clean energy future — these goals are central to the vision of a 21st century city. The Aliso Canyon disaster displaced a community and caused health impacts for many residents, and woke the nation to the danger and environmental harm of natural gas leaks. We can’t let it happen again. I am grateful to the Obama Administration’s Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety for recommendations that will help protect public health and the environment.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the disaster, we stand fast against the reopening of this facility until it meets all of the State’s criteria for safe operation, and repeat the call for SoCal Gas to underwrite a comprehensive, independent, long-term health study of the impacted communities. This disaster strengthened my conviction that Los Angeles needs to move toward a future free of fossil fuels, and we are committed to helping Porter Ranch and the surrounding area, which bore the brunt of this disaster, become a clean energy model for our region, the state and the world.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti
The Mayor and City Council last month directed L.A. Department of Water and Power to start planning for a transition to a 100 percent renewable energy supply. DWP also is planning solar and energy storage pilot projects in Porter Ranch to begin moving the community closer to the vision of a net zero energy neighborhood weaned from reliance on harmful fossil fuels.