SACRAMENTO –Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senator Fran Pavley's, D-Agoura Hills, Senate Bill 380, of which Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, is a coauthor. SB 380 provides a moratorium on new natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon facility by requiring rigorous testing protocols developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratories be developed and followed before operations resume.
Before being unanimously approved in the Senate, Assemblyman Wilk presented SB 380 on the floor of the Assembly on April 28, where it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
“I thank Senator Pavley for her leadership on this issue, as well as thank the Legislature and Governor Brown for capitalizing on this opportunity to put the safety of Porter Ranch first, before Aliso Canyon resumes any injections,” Wilk said. “Many of my Porter Ranch constituents and their families affected by the gas leak remain worried about moving back into their homes and SB 380 is a major step in allowing life in the community to finally return to normal.”
SB 380 aligns with the safety requirements established by Governor Brown's State of Emergency order and requires that all 114 wells undergo two more tests to detect any possible leaks. Wells can only be put back into use after passing four additional structural integrity tests.