Natural Gas Storage Facilities In and Near Santa Clarita
The City of Santa Clarita recognizes community concerns regarding natural gas storage operations that are located within and adjacent to City boundaries. We understand that the recent natural gas well leak incident at the Aliso Canyon Facility in nearby Porter Ranch has heightened concerns about the security and safety of the Honor Rancho Facility in Santa Clarita.
The City does not monitor or regulate these storage facilities; however we are in communication with representatives from SoCalGas and the overseeing monitoring and regulating agencies to confirm these facilities are secure and safe and pose no health hazards to the air quality of the City of Santa Clarita.
What You Need To Know
- About the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak
- Ensuring the Honor Rancho Facility in Santa Clarita is Safe
- Agencies Monitoring and Regulating Current Operations for the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak
- Community Awareness: Well Inspection Fact Sheet
- SoCalGas Update: 06/23/2016
- A Message from SoCalGas: Energy Reliability and Storage Field Update 7/21/16
Facility Location: 12801 Tampa Avenue in Northridge, CA 91326
On October 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) crews discovered a leak at one of their natural gas storage wells (Well SS-25) at its Aliso Canyon Storage Facility located in Porter Ranch.
Facility Location: 28300 Brady Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
While the SoCalGas Honor Rancho Facility is located within the Santa Clarita Valley, only a small portion is in the City at Newhall Ranch Road and Rye Canyon Road. At 700 acres, this site is a quarter of the size of the Aliso Canyon facility, and approximately 50% of its facility is located within Santa Clarita, with the remainder in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
According to the SoCalGas website, the reservoir can safely store enough natural gas to serve SoCalGas’ 5.8 million customers for 10 days. 45 wells are operated on the site, as well as natural gas compressors, a dehydration system, pipelines and various buildings and ancillary equipment.
Honor Rancho Storage facility has safety controls and procedures, employing various technologies to monitor and operate the reservoir.
Although the City of Santa Clarita does not regulate the facility’s operations, Santa Clarita City officials have met with representatives from SoCalGas Company to ensure necessary steps and procedures are being taken to maintain a safe facility. According to SoCalGas, the facility is safe as follows:
- Safely operated since 1976
- Uses advanced safety controls and procedures
- Staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
- Gas storage operations are closely monitored for compliance by multiple agencies
- Complies with local, state and federal regulations
Learn more about the Honor Rancho Facility’s safety procedures, maintenance activities, facility security and more:
Comments or Questions: Please call SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager Marisol Espinoza at 818-551-7144 or contact via email.
Agencies Monitoring and Regulating Current Operations in the Aliso Canyon Leak
The following agencies monitor and/or regulate the current operations to stop the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak:
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health working to ensure the collection of adequate environmental data, to assess potential health impacts, and to assist to expedite relocations, and to develop a comprehensive and collaborative air monitoring plan in consultation with local and state regulatory agencies.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Health and Hazardous Materials Division and Operations Division III are also monitoring, overseeing, and assisting in the natural gas leak occurring in Aliso Canyon to ensure protection of life, property and the environment.
The SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. SCAQMD is responsible for controlling emissions primarily from stationary sources of air pollution.
OEHHA is responsible for conducting health risk assessments of chemical contaminants found in air, including those identified as toxic air contaminants or on the list of chemical. Assessments include development of Cancer Potency Factors to assess the cancer risk from carcinogens in air, and development of exposure levels to assess noncancer health impacts. OEHHA also conducts epidemiological investigations of the health effects of criteria air pollutants. Such investigations include the health impacts on sensitive subpopulations such as children and the elderly.
The ARB is responsible for monitoring the regulatory activity of California's 35 local air districts – local - SCAQMD.
The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies, in addition to authorizing video franchises.
The California Public Utilities Commission serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy
This Department oversees the drilling, operation, maintenance, and plugging and abandonment of oil, natural gas, and geothermal wells. The regulatory program emphasizes the wise development of oil, natural gas, and geothermal resources in the state through sound engineering practices that protect the environment, prevent pollution, and ensure public safety.
Recent News - January 15, 2016: The Department of Conservation issued notice of its intent to propose the adoption of emergency regulations necessary to protect public health, safety, and the environment by ensuring the immediate implementation of protective standards for all underground gas storage projects in the state. The emergency regulations will be established under the emergency rulemaking process to ensure that regulations are in place while the permanent regulations are being finalized.