Aliso Canyon could free months before means of gas trickle is determined, regulators say

January 18, 2017 - storage organizer


Rodger Schwecke, SoCalGas, talks about a Porter 44 well.  Nearly a year after SoCalGas plugged a largest healthy gas trickle in a nation, a application and state regulators conducted a media debate of a Aliso Canyon healthy gas storage margin north of Porter Ranch during a extensive reserve examination compulsory by law before reopening a facility.  (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Rodger Schwecke, SoCalGas, talks about a Porter 44 well. Nearly a year after SoCalGas plugged a largest healthy gas trickle in a nation, a application and state regulators conducted a media debate of a Aliso Canyon healthy gas storage margin north of Porter Ranch during a extensive reserve examination compulsory by law before reopening a facility. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)




More than a year after a large methane trickle in a northern San Fernando Valley, state regulators pronounced Tuesday that a Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage margin could free before a means of a trickle is known, though they’ve drastically reduced a facility’s storage capacity.

The means of a trickle is being dynamic by Blade Energy Partners, a Frisco, Texas-based company, and a work is not approaching to be finished by a finish of this year,” pronounced State Oil Gas Supervisor Ken Harris, who heads a Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.

The organisation is during a indicate of extracting a good siren and surrounding from good site SS-25 on Oat Mountain above Porter Ranch.

“They have not pulled it out. They have to rise a custom to do their extraction,” Harris pronounced in a discussion call with reporters.

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Harris’ agency, along with a California Public Utilities Commission, pronounced that a subsequent step in determining possibly Aliso Canyon will free will be dual open hearings early subsequent month in Woodland Hills for residents to criticism on a facility.

At some indicate after that Harris and Timothy Sullivan, executive executive during California Public Utilities Commission, will confirm possibly Aliso Canyon is protected adequate to resume gas injections and withdrawals.

The meetings will be hold from 5:30-9 p.m. on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 in a Trillium Room of a Hilton Woodland Hills, 6360 Canoga Ave.

No preference has been done on when or if Aliso Canyon can reopen. And there is no deadline set for that determination, Harris said.

“We have not finished all a stairs to (ensure) it’s a protected facility. The reserve examination is not finish and won’t be finish until we have processed all 113 wells,” pronounced Harris. “ We wish to hear from a open in terms of what their concerns are.”

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Two outspoken opponents of a storage margin reopening vowed to keep fighting for Aliso Canyon’s closure.

Residents of a village are still removing ill from a leak, pronounced Matt Pakucko, President of Save Porter Ranch.

“Our regulators are deliberation a caricature of bureaucratic movement by rushing a reopening of Aliso Canyon. Nobody knows what caused a Aliso Canyon blowout in a initial place. For that reason alone it should not be reopened,” pronounced Pakucko in a statement. “Then, there is a elementary useful fact that a trickery is not indispensable and has not been used in over a year. Reopening Aliso Canyon will not be tolerated and a village will quarrel to keep it closed.”

The environmental organisation Food Water Watch pronounced that a post-leak duration shows that a segment can get by but a SoCalGas resource.

“We are prepared to quarrel to keep a Aliso Canyon storage trickery sealed and safeguard it is decommissioned,” Food Water Watch comparison organizer Alexandra Nagy pronounced in a statement. “Aliso Canyon has not been indispensable to keep appetite issuing to a L.A. Basin given Jan 2016 and destiny operation poses a good hazard to open health, reserve and a environment.”

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Aliso Canyon, if it is eventually behind online, will primarily be a smaller operation.

The trickle during good site SS-25 erupted in late Oct 2015 and it was not plugged until 112 days later. When it started, a trickery had some-more than 80 cubic billion feet of gas stored low inside Oat Mountain.

There was 15 billion cubic feet in storage with a trickle was stopped.

Now a California Public Utilities Commission has set a extent storage extent during 29 billion cubic feet, good underneath a capacity, and a smallest during 15 billion cubic feet.

Regulators imposed a array of mandate that SoCalGas strait take, including a array of 6 tests for any good to be conducted each dual years. Fifteen months given a trickle was stopped some-more wells are out of use than prepared for injections to start again.

So distant 34 wells during a facility have upheld a six-test series. But 79 have been taken out of service, filled with protecting fluid, and removed from a gas storage field.

These wells have one year to possibly pass all of a tests or be henceforth plugged. One good is now undergoing testing, a state said.

Wells authorised for gas injection have new steel tubing, and a sign between a tubing and outdoor casing.

Here are some measures that have been put in place, according to regulators:

•Every good is versed with real-time vigour monitoring of a tubing and casing. The vigour is invariably reported and monitored in SoCalGas’ operations core with alarms for any poignant vigour changes.

•The prolongation tubing and prolongation surrounding of all a wells that might inject or repel healthy gas have been pressure-tested to determine a strength of a double barrier.

•The gas association has updated a brief strait plan, including actions that will be taken if a good alarm sounds. The association is also conducting daily margin scanning with infrared cameras to detect leaks.

•The association will control tests and gnawing assessments on a storage comforts and a withdrawal and injection pipelines.

• Limiting gas injection and withdrawal to a well’s prolongation tubing (inner steel pipe); injection and withdrawal by a prolongation surrounding (steel siren casing) will no longer be allowed.

SoCalGas after released a recover in response to a announcement, observant it “supports a open participation.”

“The arriving meetings on Feb 1 and 2 symbol an critical subsequent step in a State’s extensive reserve examination routine and are one of a conditions required for us to resume injections during Aliso Canyon,” a recover states.

“The ability to resume injections during Aliso Canyon will serve raise a trustworthiness of a region’s healthy gas and electricity systems. We know and support that a Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources and a California Public Utilities Commission have taken these critical subsequent stairs in a routine and we are now reviewing a additional discipline that were announced today.”

SoCalGas also contested a perspective that a trickery is not indispensable to keep a appetite issuing in Southern California.

“The State’s appetite experts and eccentric third parties have concluded, in 3 uninterrupted technical assessments, that Aliso Canyon is indispensable to accommodate a region’s healthy gas and electricity needs,” a organisation said.

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