SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, presented SB 380 as a co-author with lead author Senator Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, to require an immediate moratorium on natural gas injection and restrict production of gas through vintage wells at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility. The measure passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
“It is essential this moratorium legislation go into effect as soon as possible so any new injections of natural gas and the use of vintage wells for production at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, are safe and do not pose a risk to public health or safety,” said WiIk. “I applaud Senator Pavley for her leadership on this issue and look forward to continue working with her in fighting for residents of Porter Ranch.”
SB 380 will establish a moratorium on any new injections of natural gas and use of vintage wells for production at the Aliso Canyon storage facility until a determination has been made by selected state agencies and outside experts that the site, specifically the old 1950s wells, does not pose a risk to public health or safety. The measure will also consider how to minimize or eliminate use of the facility while still maintaining energy reliability in the region. SB 380 builds on the order issued by Governor Jerry Brown in his State of Emergency proclamation.
SB 380 will next be heard on the floor of the Assembly.