Judge Clears Way for Reopening of Aliso Canyon
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has lost its bid to delay the reopening of the Aliso Canyon gas facility. On Saturday, an appeals court judge ruled that Southern California Gas Co. could resume operations at the site of the largest methane gas leak in U.S. history over the objections of supervisors.
The county argued that the reopening was being rushed before proper assessment of public safety risks had been carried out. It sued state regulators and was granted a temporary restraining order Friday. That order is no longer in effect.
“Today’s decision by the Court of Appeals is the right one,” Chris Gilbride, a spokesman for Southern California Gas, told the Los Angeles Times. “Over the last 18 months, Aliso Canyon has undergone what state regulators have called the most comprehensive safety review in the country. We have met — and in many cases, exceeded — the rigorous requirements of the state's safety review.”
Read more on the decision here.