After a court of appeals ruled to temporarily stop the reinjection of natural gas into the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility, county officials said the ruling was a win for residents near the facility, including in Santa Clarita.
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““The decision by Court of Appeals to grant the County’s temporary stay is a victory for the residents of Porter Ranch and the northwest San Fernando Valley,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger in a statement. “This ruling recognizes that there are still significant issues that need to be considered by the Court before reinjection is allowed at the Aliso Canyon facility, including an analysis for the root-cause of the massive 2015 blowout, seismic risk assessments, and a long-term energy reliability study.”
The county and the board of supervisors will work to determine the safety of the facility for residents of nearby areas, she said.
“The County will continue to explore all available opportunities to determine what future actions can be taken to ensure the health and safety of the community,” said Barger.
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Other Santa Clarita lawmakers have also expressed concern about the restarting operations at the natural gas storage facility.
State Senator Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, who represents a portion of the Santa Clarita Valley, criticized the state regulator’s decision to reopen Aliso Canyon in a statement released on July 19.
“Re-opening Aliso Canyon before we know what caused the blowout and before studying seismic and fire risks is premature and unnecessary,” said Stern. “While the Energy Commission’s suggestion to shut Aliso down and replace it with clean energy over the next decade is encouraging, the community won’t have comfort unless there are real teeth to this plan.”
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