Feds Recommend Safety Measures for Storage Facilities

December 2016, Vol. 243, No. 12

P&GJ Staff Report

In the wake of a massive gas leak that occurred Oct. 23, 2015 at the Aliso Canyon Underground Natural Gas Storage facility near Los Angeles, an interagency task force came away with three key recommendations: Gas storage operators should begin a rigorous evaluation program to baseline the status of their wells, establish risk management planning and, in most cases, phase out old wells with single-point-of-failure designs. More advanced preparation and coordination of emergency response is needed to address possible natural gas leaks in order to mitigate potential health and environmental impacts of leaks when they…

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