From Councilmember Mitchell Englander:

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This week, I joined Supervisor Kathryn Barger as we submitted motions to both the County and the City to support California State Senate Bill 146 by State Senator Henry Stern. Stern’s bill extends the prohibition of gas injection into the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility until officials have identified the root cause of the leak and released the findings to the public.

SB 146 would also change the deadline for the Public Utilities Commission to open proceedings to determine the feasibility of minimizing or eliminating the use of Aliso Canyon to December 31, 2017 from July 1, 2017.

It is unacceptable that as we approach the one-year anniversary of the closure of the Aliso Canyon leak, we still don’t know the root cause of the largest leak in US history. With over 15,000 residents relocated, two schools closed, and dozens of businesses affected, it is simply irresponsible to reopen without a completed investigation.

If you grounded a plane because of engine problems, you would never allow that plane to fly unless you were certain of the cause of the failure and able to prevent it.

Click here for more information and to view the full motions.