Report on consequences of ‘Aliso gas leak’ designed to spark fear: consumers’ group says
California energy regulators’ newly released report that warned shortage of natural gas due to last year’s massive leak in Aliso Canyon gas storage field could cause extensive blackouts in Southern California is designed to spark fear meant to keep Aliso open, a consumers group alleged.
After studying the situation for months, a panel experts from state agencies said the leak of methane would cause prolonged blackouts of up to 14 days this summer.
The report concluded that the partial shut down of the Aliso gas storage field after the leak has affected energy supply in the region. State officials proposed a plan to prevent outages but the report concluded that the plan could just reduce the risk and not eliminate it.
But a consumers group condemned the report’s conclusion, and alleged that the report overstated the risk by underestimating gas and electricity capacity.
Jamie Court, of the consumers group called Consumer Watchdog, said, “The assumptions delivered today are designed to spark fear meant to keep Aliso open.”
But, the California Public Utilities Commission’s president Michael Picker said the situation facing Southern California is similar to the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Diego following a small radiation leak. State officials and utilities had to struggle a lot to find alternate sources of power to avert blackouts.
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