Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

On the Third Anniversary of Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Congressman Sherman Continues to Push for Natural Gas Storage Standards to be Restored and Enforced


Oct 23, 2018
Press Release

Sherman Oaks, CA – On the third anniversary of the Aliso Canyon gas leak, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) continues to condemn the decision of the Trump Administration to rescind natural gas storage safety regulations.

In August 2018, Sherman sent a letter to Howard Elliott, Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), demanding that federal standards be restored and enforced.

Sherman, who lives in Porter Ranch, met face-to-face with then-President Barack Obama in 2015 and received a commitment that federal natural gas storage safety regulations would be issued.  That commitment was honored.

In December 2016, the relevant federal agency, PHMSA, for the first time issued regulations on Aliso Canyon and similar facilities nationwide.

In June 2017, the Trump administration bowed to the demands of the oil and gas industry and withdrew those regulations.  Sherman sent a letter to Administrator Elliott urging him to make the rules stronger, rather than failing to implement them.

“Having lived near the largest methane leak in history, I know that people who live near Aliso Canyon, and hundreds of similar facilities nationwide, need the protection of the safety regulations that the Trump Administration withdrew,” said Sherman.

Background: Sherman’s home was as close as any residence to the Aliso Canyon gas leak. For nearly four months, the northern Los Angeles community of Porter Ranch suffered from the largest natural gas leak in U.S. history.  More than 7,000 families were displaced from their homes and forced to relocate. Two schools in the area were closed for the duration of the school year, and thousands experienced health symptoms.