Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility

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SoCalGas Statement on California Energy Commission Letter Urging the Future Closure of Aliso Canyon (July 19, 2017)

The California Energy Commission (CEC) issued a letter urging the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to plan for the future closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. Read SoCalGas' response to the CEC letter.

SoCalGas Statement on State’s Announcement Confirming Safety of Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility (July 19, 2017)

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) cleared SoCalGas to resume limited injections at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility as described hereRead SoCalGas' reponse.

The Importance of Aliso Canyon

Aliso Canyon is the largest natural gas storage facility in California. The field serves more than 11 million customers and provides fuel to 17 natural gas-fired power plants. It is a critical part of the region’s energy infrastructure – more than 90 percent of Southern Californians depend on gas for heat and hot water, and approximately 60 percent of all the electricity generated in California is made by natural gas-fired power plants. Natural gas storage is especially important for electric generation because it supports renewable power sources, like wind and solar, and allows us to avoid burning dirty fuels, like diesel or coal, to keep the lights on. When the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine for renewable electric generators, the natural gas from Aliso Canyon helps to fill those energy gaps.

Aliso Canyon is centrally located in the Santa Susana Mountains, allowing for a quick and effective response to local, real-time energy demands. The location of the field is important because, unlike electricity, natural gas typically travels at relatively slow speeds in the range of 20-30 miles per hour. For example, it could take approximately ten hours for natural gas supplies to travel through SoCalGas’ transmission system from the interconnection at Blythe to several power plants located in the Los Angeles basin. By contrast, natural gas withdrawn from Aliso Canyon meet demand significantly quicker, within one to two hours. Natural gas storage allows both large and small customers to enjoy a consistent supply of natural gas to heat their homes, to cook their food, and to power their businesses, twenty-four hours, seven days a week.

Infrastructure, Technology, and Safety Enhancements

SoCalGas has worked diligently to complete what experts have called “the most comprehensive safety review in the country.” In addition to meeting the requirements of the Comprehensive Safety Review, and beyond the requirements of regulation and state law, we have strengthened the infrastructure at Aliso Canyon, creating multiple layers of safety.
  • Replacing the inner metal tubing of every well approved for injection
  • Using the casing around the new inner metal tubing — tested to ensure integrity under pressure — to provide a physical and secondary barrier of protection against potential leaks
  • Operating the facility at reduced pressure, as directed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
  • Withdrawing and injecting natural gas only through the inner metal tubing of those wells that have passed all tests and have been approved for use by the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)

Well Inspection Update

We continue to work with DOGGR and CPUC to complete a comprehensive safety review of all wells at Aliso Canyon. On the first and third Friday of every month, SoCalGas provides DOGGR with an updated well inspection report.
As of Friday, July 7, 2017:
  • 114 (or 100 percent) of the active wells at Aliso Canyon have completed the first phase of required tests
  • 65 wells are currently in the second phase of inspections
  • 51 wells have completed all of the required tests
  • 49 wells have received final DOGGR approval
Well inspection test results are posted on DOGGR’s website and can be found here.

Community Engagement and Communication

SoCalGas has also implemented a Natural Gas Storage Facility Community Notification system for members of the community to sign up to receive notifications via phone call, text message and/or email, in the event of a release of natural gas at any one of SoCalGas’ four natural gas storage facilities. 
SoCalGas continues to partner with the Aliso Canyon Community Advisory Council (CAC) that it formed in October 2016. The CAC consists of community leaders from local churches, organizations, businesses, and schools and meets monthly to discuss SoCalGas’ progress and to collect feedback regarding the local community’s needs and concerns. For example, SoCalGas made design changes to our Aliso Canyon updates web page to make information easier to find and understand based on feedback from CAC members. The CAC serves as a two-way communications channel, in addition to the information that we share via email, our website, community bulletins, and social media.