After Leak, Some Say It’s Not Even Critical To Reopen Aliso Canyon
"We’ve been able to meet demand with no problem by using the mitigation measures that the regulator has put into place. There are a number of them, and they were working beautifully," says Consumer Watchdog’s Liza Tucker. Residents were sickened after a gas leak and had to be evacuated from their homes.
As Regulators Weigh Reopening Aliso Canyon, Critics Ask: Is It Necessary?
As state regulators weigh the immediate question about whether the Aliso Canyon gas field is safe to reopen, a longer-term debate is also emerging: Is the storage field even necessary to power the grid and keep the lights on? Engineers plugged the largest gas leak and methane release in U.S. history about a year ago, after evacuations forced thousands of people from their homes in nearby Porter Ranch in north Los Angeles County. Citing health concerns, some of those residents say the field remains too risky to reopen. (Peterson, 3/16)