From our friends at the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council:
We Need YOUR Help to Tell Senate Committee Members to Support SB 57 WITHOUT Amendments
This Tuesday (March 21), the State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications will vote on Senate Bill 57 (SB 57), which calls for holding off on the re-opening of the Aliso Canyon facility until the cause of the catastrophic well failure in the fall of 2015 is known and made public.
SB 57 is an urgency measure by State Senators Henry Stern and Bob Hertzberg to hold off on the re-opening of the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility until state regulators have completed an investigation to determine the root cause of the leak.
WHAT: Senate Committee Meeting and Vote on SB 57
WHEN: 9:00 AM; Tuesday, March 21, 2017
WHERE: State Capitol, Room 3191
SB 57 has broad bi-partisan support including State Senators Ben Allen (D) and Scott Wilk (R), Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R), the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Los Angeles City Council.
However, amendments that are clearly pushed for by the Gas Company are being inserted into the Bill that would basically render it meaningless. The amendments would remove the need to know the cause for the well failure before the field opens, and would leave it solely to DOGGR and PUC to make the call on the re-opening of the field and the amount of gas they can inject into it.
It is IMPERATIVE that the Bill passes through the committee without these amendments, and we need YOUR HELP to make that happen.
PLEASE CALL THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND URGE THEM TO VOTE
"YES " ON SB 57 WITHOUT THE GAS COMPANY'S AMENDMENTS:
The following are the committee members and the phone numbers to their offices:
Senator Ben Hueso (Chair), SD40. (916) 651-4040
Senator Mike Morell (Vice Chair), SD23. (916) 651-4023
Senator Steven Bradford, SD35. (916) 651-4035
Senator Anthony Cannella, SD12. (916) 651-4012
Senator Jeryy Hill, SD13. (916) 651-4013
Senator Mike McGuire, SD02. (916) 651-4002
Senator Nancy Skinner, SD09. (916) 651-4009
Senator Andy Vidak, SD14. (916) 651-4014
Senator Scott Weiner, SD11. He is a co-author of the bill, so please just call to say THANK YOU. (916) 651-4011
Please call as many of the committee members as you can, and impress on them the need to support SB 57 without the absurd amendments. Let them know how it is unconscionable that this facility can re-open before they know what went wrong! Let them know that there are real people and real families that continue to be affected by this leaking facility.
It is our understand that you can view the hearing live here.