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SCAQMD HEARING JAN 20, 2016 and Busing info.

January 20, 2016

 

South Coast Air Quality Management District - SCAQMD

21865 Copley Dr, Diamond Bar, California 91765

There will be a bus from 8775 Wilbur Ave, Northridge, Ca 91324 leaving at 7am sharp. There are 47 seats available

 

The South Coast Air Quality Management District regulates the air quality and oversees big polluters like SoCalGas. The have issued an Order for Abatement due to the ongoing gas leak because of its impacts on air quality.

This order for abatement has the potential to shut down the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility temporarily or permanently. 

THIS IS THE FINAL MEETING WHERE A DECISION WILL BE MADE!

We need to rally and hold AQMD accountable to the people. AQMD needs to use their full authority under the Order for Abatement and#ShutItALLDown. 

RALLY: 8:30 am
HEARING: 9:00 am


Why is the SCAQMD petitioning the Hearing Board to Issue this Order for Abatement? 
SCAQMD’s petition alleges that SoCal Gas is creating a public nuisance by discharging odor emissions into nearby communities, beginning on October 24, 2015 and continuing through the present, in violation of Health and Safety Code Section 41700 and District Rule 402. SoCal Gas has been unable to stop discharging air pollutant releases impacting the nearby communities and has stated publicly that it may take at least three months to mitigate the situation. SCAQMD’s proposed order, if approved, will require SoCal Gas to do the following: 
~ Stop the leak as quickly as possible 
~ Capture all leaking gas as quickly as possible 
~ Utilize all gas from the reservoir as quickly as possible until all leaks are stopped 
~ Inspect and maintain all wells as quickly as possible (on who's dime?)
~ Monitor all emissions from the well and reservoir 
~ Retain an independent third party to conduct a health study 
~ Mitigate greenhouse gas impacts of the leak by funding projects that restore value to the community

WE NEED to AMEND this Order for Abatement to include the shut down of this facility. 

HOW DO WE GET IT SHUT DOWN? WHAT AMENDMENTS DO WE NEED TO SEE?
1. Keep the moratorium on gas injections and extend that moratorium to wastewater injection and oil and gas production in the Aliso Canyon Oil Field. 
2. Increase the rate by which gas is removed from the facility so as to completely drain the facility. Currently 1 billion cubic feet is being extracted but the SoCal Gas transmission system is capable of moving 4 billion cubic feet of gas out of the facility per day. This should be mandated on a timeline to drain the facility. This is necessary to truly stop the leak.
3. Keep the moratorium on all activity once the facility is drained at least until the health survey and facility inspections within the proposed 2 year time frame are completed.
4. Find alternatives for the storage facility within this timeframe that include transition to renewables or moving the facility away from communities.

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