Major California Gas Leak Leads to New Legislation: Jonathan Shardlow Authors Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter Article

July 1, 2016

On February 11, 2016, representatives of Southern California Gas Company reported that the flow of gas from a leaking well north of Porter Ranch had been stopped. However, in April, a new natural gas leak occurred and was believed to be caused by a failed rubber seal. The leak caused additional concern that the natural gas facility is not safely operated, and as a result, new legislation for gas facilities has been created.

In the June issue of Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter, Attorney Jonathan Shardlow discusses recent legislative bills that aim to subject all natural gas facilities to oversight and regulation. Senate Bill 380 would require a thorough inspection of the Aliso Canyon facility to ensure that it is following all safety regulations; Bill 886 would require the State’s Oil and Gas Supervisor to immediately institute a moratorium on injections of natural gas into any wells located within and serving the Aliso Canyon storage facility; and Bill 887 would require the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to inspect all natural storage wells annually.

The bills are expected to be signed by Governor Brown in coming months.