Statement from Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
Los Angeles – “As California Governor Jerry Brown prepares to take the international stage in Paris to address global climate change, a crisis is unfolding before our eyes.
“The latest disaster from California’s dirty oil and gas industry under Governor Brown’s watch comes courtesy of Sempra Energy subsidiary SoCalGas. A gas leak at its Aliso Canyon facility in Los Angeles County, which has persisted for over 30 days and sickened and displaced hundreds of Porter Ranch area residents, continues to spew massive amounts of methane into the air – equivalent to one-quarter of the state’s methane emissions from all sources including factory farms.
“In addition to the methane release, the leak has released as much carbon dioxide as driving 160,000 cars for a year or consuming 90 million gallons of gas, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“This massive leak is California's second major oil and gas disaster this year, including the Refugio Oil Spill that dumped over 100,000 gallons of oil in the Pacific Ocean, polluting the beautiful Santa Barbara coastline.
"Before Governor Brown goes to Paris to attend UN climate talks, he should use his executive authority to shut down the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. In addition, because a leak like this could happen anyplace where fracked natural gas and oil are stored or where these fossil fuels are extracted, Governor Brown must not only shut down this facility, he must ban fracking and other extreme forms of oil and gas extraction, and accelerate the Golden State’s transition from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy.
“It’s time for Governor Brown to back up his climate rhetoric with real and bold action.”
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Contact for interviews with Food & Water Watch staff: Darcey Rakestraw, 202-683-2467; [email protected]
Contact for interviews with affected Porter Ranch area residents: Sandra Lupien, 510-681-3171; [email protected]