LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Earlier today, the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced that a public meeting on Aliso Canyon required under SB 380 will be held on February 1 and 2, 2017. SoCalGas issued the following statement in response:
“Southern California Gas Co. supports the public participation outlined in Senate Bill 380. The upcoming meetings on February 1 and 2 mark an important next step in the State’s comprehensive safety review process and are one of the conditions necessary for us to resume injections at Aliso Canyon.
“As the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources said in its announcement today, the entire facility has undergone extensive inspections and each well has been thoroughly tested with stringent standards.
“Just last week the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources and the California Public Utilities Commission hosted tours of Aliso Canyon for community and elected leaders to see firsthand the extensive physical upgrades and advanced technologies that have been deployed to enhance safety at the facility.
“The State’s energy experts and independent third parties have concluded, in three consecutive technical assessments, that Aliso Canyon is needed to meet the region’s natural gas and electricity needs.
“Over the last year, the field has remained available for withdrawal to meet the region’s energy needs. The ability to resume injections at Aliso Canyon will further enhance the reliability of the region’s natural gas and electricity systems.
“We understand and support that the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources and the California Public Utilities Commission have taken these important next steps in the process and we are currently reviewing the additional guidelines that were announced today.”