CCST Link: Report Assesses the Long-Term Viability of Underground Natural Gas Storage in California
[includes SoCalGas Playa del Rey]
An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information
SoCalGas-Playa del Rey, CA underground gas storage facility is singled out in the CCST Report stating,
"Our report questions, but does not answer, the impact of closing this site. The State should commission a cost-benefit analysis including full consideration of risks associated with loss-of-containment from this facility."
"Potential consequences arising from underground gas storage failures, such as large-scale loss-of-containment by well blowouts, include threats to safety and loss of life, in addition to potential environmental impacts and impacts to the underground gas storage infrastructure itself. Lower flow-rate loss-of- containment through surface infrastructure such as leaky valves may also be a concern for its effects on climate, because methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and subsurface leakage of reservoir gases and associated components is a concern for contamination of groundwater. In addition, failure of underground gas storage can lead to the inability to provide gas to the energy network, a hazard to the stability and reliability of California’s energy infrastructure." Page 11 CCST Report
Loss of containment is what GC has been pursuing for the past 20 plus years and to which we have extensive scientific analysis from experts in gas migration.