Congressman Sherman Commends Feinstein-Boxer Legislation on Aliso Canyon Leak
Washington DC – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) released a statement in support of an amendment introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer that would direct Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to lead a broad federal review of the cause and the response to the natural gas leak at Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon Natural Gas storage facility
Congressman Sherman’s district includes much of the Porter Ranch area of California, which has been impacted by an ongoing natural gas leak that has displaced over 4,000 households. Sherman’s home is one of the closest houses to the leak, which has been dubbed the largest in U.S. history.
“I commend Senators Boxer and Feinstein’s efforts to investigate the Aliso Canyon gas leak,” said Congressman Sherman. “This is the largest known natural gas leak in U.S. history and the more we learn from this incident the better we can prepare ourselves to prevent future disasters.
“This leak occurred in part due to negligent operations and lack of regulatory oversight in natural gas storage. It is my hope that this investigation will help us craft legislation to safeguard our environment and protect American families.
“I hopeful the amendment will be adopted in the Senate and the bill will move to the House floor. If the amendment is not added to the bill in the Senate, I will work to include similar language in the House version. I look forward to continuing to work with Senators Boxer and Feinstein to ensure another massive leak does not happen again – in Aliso Canyon or anywhere in the nation.”