For Immediate Release
Ventura, CA — After receiving calls from Ventura Westside residents on Friday, July 2 who said they smelled gas in the air around the SoCalGas compressor station at 1555 N. Olive Street, the Ventura Fire Department sent officers to inspect. While they didn’t find enough natural gas in the air to warrant an evacuation order, several residents left the area of their accord. The City of Ventura has since requested more information from SoCalGas about this unplanned venting.
“An unplanned venting of methane into the atmosphere is not something to be taken lightly when there are families and children within feet of the compressor station,” said Food & Water Watch Senior Organizer and member of the Westside Clean Air Coalition Tomas Rebecchi in response. “SoCalGas has repeatedly insisted this facility — labeled as a “super-emitter” of methane — poses no risk to the community directly adjacent to it. Yet we have fresh evidence that this compressor site is dangerous not just for our climate, but also for our community. We have far too many unanswered questions for SoCalGas to continue business as usual. Governor Newsom must direct the California Public Utilities Commission to conduct an Environmental Impact Review before any further work or unplanned venting occurs.”
Contact: Jessica Gable, (202) 683-2478, [email protected]