Wilk bill to study odorants used in natural gas storage facilities passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO –Last night, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, presented Assembly Bill 1904 on the Assembly Floor, which directs the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to conduct a report assessing any potential dangers of the odorants currently in use and identify any potential alternatives. AB 1904 passed unanimously on the Assembly floor.

“Many of the negative health effects reported by my constituents were likely caused by the noxious odorant added to natural gas, which allow us to smell a gas leak,” Wilk said. “Even though odorants are a necessary tool in the safe storage of natural gas, we want to ensure we are carrying out this practice in the safest way possible.”   

On October 23, 2015 a leak was discovered at the Aliso Canyon gas facility in Porter Ranch, California. The methane from the gas facility streamed for 110 days before it was finally capped. In that time, 22,000 residents were relocated from their homes. AB 1904 includes an urgency clause to start the study immediately, as the odorants used at Aliso Canyon are used in many facilities across California.

The measure now heads to the Senate.