Saturday, January 2, 2016

What Went Wrong at Porter Ranch?

From:  LA Weekly


Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | 12 days ago

Matt Pakucko, president of Save Porter Ranch, has called for the closure of the Aliso Canyon storage site.
Matt Pakucko, president of Save Porter Ranch, has called for the closure of the Aliso Canyon storage site.
Photo by Danny Liao
Before she retired in 2014, Anneliese Anderle was a field engineer for the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermic Resources, which regulates oil drilling. She worked out of offices in Bakersfield, Cypress and Ventura, and for a while she was responsible for monitoring the massive natural gas storage field at Aliso Canyon.

Southern California Gas owns the facility, which distributes gas to 14 power plants and 21 million customers. In her years monitoring wells at Aliso Canyon, Anderle says she got to know the gas company as "a first-class operation."

The company tended to be conservative, and to do things rigorously and by the book. But the wells at Aliso Canyon were aging, and many were starting to wear out.  MORE