A SoCalGas storage field on L.A.'s Westside may pose a far greater threat than Aliso Canyon, site of a record-setting gas leak.

Energy reporter @Sammy_Roth explains:
It's been 80 years since the Playa del Rey field reached its zenith as an oil producer, and nearly as long since the gas company began storing a different fossil fuel there. latimes.com/business/story…
SoCalGas pumps gas into a sandstone formation thousands of feet below ground when demand is low, then sucks it back out when demand is high, sending the fuel to power plants, homes and businesses.

📸: @GenaroMolina47/@MelMelconPhoto latimes.com/business/story…
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. latimes.com/business/story…
The Playa del Rey facility is smaller than Aliso. But by some measures, it poses a far greater threat.

Many more people live within a few miles of Playa than Aliso, meaning the health and economic consequences of a major blowout could be worse. latimes.com/business/story…
SoCalGas insists both facilities are safe, and critical to meeting local energy needs — especially on cold winter days when Angelenos turn up their thermostats, and on hot summer days when gas plants generate electricity for air conditioners. latimes.com/business/story…
Activists point to a growing body of scientific research showing serious health risks from living near oil and gas infrastructure.

A 2019 study from Harvard University singled out Playa del Rey as especially risky.

📸: Josie Norris latimes.com/business/story…
Anne Kirkpatrick has lived in the marina for nearly 30 years. She wants to see the SoCalGas facility shut down.

"I’d rather have a little bit higher of a utility bill than cancer," she says.

📸: Gabriella Angotti-Jones latimes.com/business/story…
Energy reporter @Sammy_Roth explains how the next Aliso Canyon could happen on L.A.'s Westside: latimes.com/business/story…

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