From the beginning of the 2015 blowout at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, local residents have expressed apprehension about what the disaster would mean for their health. Nosebleeds, headaches, rashes were more than symptoms to those living within miles of the SoCalGas site nestled in the Santa Susana mountains on the northern end of the San Fernando Valley. They saw these as harbingers for more serious medical conditions….and they were right.
Despite the reassurances from the County Department of Public Health (DPH), that residents were reacting to the odorants flooding the air, it became evident by the time damaged…
(recap of part 10: Setbacks between oil and gas facilities and communities are considered. The fight to transition to all-electric buildings continues.)
NEWSOM SIGNS EOs for the ENVIRONMENT BUT NOT FOR ALISO
In his February 29th State of the State address, Governor Gavin Newsom mentioned a deal made with major automakers to build efficient cars. This included an order that state agencies can no longer purchase vehicles from companies which haven’t agreed to follow the state’s clean car rules.
Because of the pandemic, the number of bills under consideration were reduced by the state legislature. Some energy related…
(recap of part 9: A look at more issues regarding the health study, including the revelation that bins of hazardous materials had been sitting on the Aliso site.)
SETBACK IN GETTING DRILLING SETBACKS
A bill that would require setbacks between oil and gas wells and schools, playgrounds, and other locations where children would be present stalled in a California state senate committee in August. AB-345 had passed in the Assembly in January, but since then had been watered down by amendments.
Besides setbacks to protect children, other minimum setbacks for other buildings, including houses and hospitals, would also be established…
(recap of part 8, the Community Advisory Group faces frustration over the upcoming health study)
THE CAG VIDEO
The original plan to provide the SOC with an introduction to Aliso Canyon was to take them on a guided tour of the area. As many of the experts were from out of the area, the hope was that such a tour would give some geographical context to where the gas facility was and how close it was to homes, schools, businesses, and parks. That tour would be followed by the joint meeting between the group and the CAG.
Recap of part 7: A city council scandal, COVID happens, and finally an air monitoring update.
WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE HEALTH STUDY
As noted in part 4 of this series, the road to a study into the health conditions caused by or associated with the 2015 blowout has been a rocky road, indeed. In part 5, I detailed the creation of the Community Advisory Group (CAG), which was tasked with serving as the liaison between the community and the Dept. …
After a contentious meeting with the LA County Department of Public Health (DPH) in February, the Aliso Canyon Community Advisory Group (CAG) has decided it will start holding weekly mini town halls, starting with Monday, February 7, at 5pm.
The first of these town halls will feature the topic of CAG’s “no confidence” vote and the reasons why. Members of the public are invited to attend and ask questions.
This is the access information for what I feel will be informative meetings:
Mondays at 5pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88688130946
Meeting ID: 886 8813 0946
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+16699006833,,88688130946# US (San Jose)
Recap of part 6: The continued quest for restitution, residents mark an anniversary of the end to well SS-25, a section of the Valley stays undeveloped, a virus changes everything.
IT DIDN’T STAY IN VEGAS
A bombshell hit the LA City Council District 12 on March 9, 2020, when the FBI arrested former council member Mitchell Englander. He had represented the northwest San Fernando Valley on the council at the time of the Aliso blowout and for three years after, until he abruptly announced his resignation in late 2018 to take a position with the Oak View Group.
Recap of Part Five: The first stage of the health study, an oversight hearing, a health town hall, a threatening fire, the trend toward 100% electrification
RESIDENTS SHOW UP TO DEMAND RESTITUTION
After several previous hearings concerning restitution for residents living near the Aliso Canyon gas facility, another courtroom session occurred on January 24, 2020.
This saga regarding restitution started in September 2016, when SoCalGas pleaded no contest to a charge of failing to timely report the massive problem occurring at the gas storage site for three days. …
Five years ago, the northern San Fernando Valley became ground zero for the largest gas disaster in U.S. history. Every year, residents and environmental activists have gathered to mark each year’s milestone in various ways. From park gatherings to press conferences to sit-ins, even a premiere of a documentary that featured the blowout along with two other gas-oriented disasters. But in a year that has been unlike any other year, those planning the fifth-anniversary commemoration had to consider socially distanced activities.
On October 20th, some residents from the San Fernando Valley joined up with members of local groups to take…
Residents still await the consent decree-ordered monitoring system promised in 2018
It’s five years after the massive gas blowout at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility in the north San Fernando Valley, and among the major issues is the lack of monitors measuring Volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This is significant because among the components of the 2018 consent decree with SoCalGas is such a system that, more than 760 days since the agreement was announced, is still in the early planning stage.
VOCs are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. …
Finally using her J-school degree for good. #CountdownToShutDown2020 Aliso Canyon