The next Aliso Canyon could happen on L.A.’s Westside
Southern California Gas Co., pumps gas into a sandstone formation in Playa del Rey, thousands of feet below ground when demand is low, then sucks it back out when demand is high. The fuel is piped to power plants for electricity generation and homes and businesses for heating and cooking. It’s the same type of operation as Aliso Canyon, another SoCalGas storage field that suffered a record-breaking leak in October 2015, sickening residents of L.A.’s Porter Ranch neighborhood and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. The Playa del Rey facility is significantly smaller than Aliso. But by some measures, it poses a far greater threat.