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SoCal Gas Has Another Leak; Asks for Rate Increase

On October 8, 2017 SoCal Gas sent out the below leak notification. Neighbors are reporting ill effects on nextdoor.com

This afternoon, SoCalGas crews conducting regular daily inspections discovered a malfunction on a relief valve at an aboveground, oil storage tank located at the Aliso Canyon storage facility. As a result of the malfunction, there is a minor release of natural gas. The natural gas is not from the storage field; it is in the oil tank and is a byproduct of oil production. Crews are working to repair the valve and to stop the release of natural gas.

Small amounts of oil are produced during normal operations at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. That oil is temporarily stored in tanks, and small amounts of natural gas rise to the top of those tanks. The valve that malfunctioned is located on one of the oil storage tanks. No oil or other liquids have been spilled or released to the environment as a result of the natural gas release.

The release of natural gas is minor and is not associated with an underground storage well or any of the pressurized pipelines at the facility. The oil tank is more than a mile from the community. In addition, there have been no indications of elevated methane levels at the eight pairs of fence-line monitors along the perimeter with the community. There is no risk to the health and safety of Porter Ranch and the surrounding community. SoCalGas has notified the appropriate regulators and agencies.

On October 6 we received this rate increase notification:

Later today, SoCalGas will file a rate request with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The request is a detailed projection of what it will cost to dependably and safely deliver affordable natural gas to our 21 million customers from 2019 to 2022.

We’re committed to delivering the clean, safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas that Southern Californians deserve. Our rate request will allow us to modernize and upgrade our gas infrastructure to enhance long-term reliability and safety; attract and retain highly-trained, responsive employees who serve our customers; and support the growth of more renewable, diverse energy options for our communities now and well into the future.

Attached is a fact sheet with a brief overview of the request. You can also find more information on our website at www.socalgas.com/rates.

SoCalGas 2019 Rate Request – General Fact Sheet

 

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