CCST released its comprehensive report on natural gas storage facilities in the state of California. CCST was tasked with answering 3 major questions:
• Key Question 1: What risks do California’s underground gas storage facilities pose to health, safety, environment and infrastructure?
• Key Question 2: Does California need underground gas storage to provide for energy reliability through 2020?
• Key Question 3: How will implementation of California’s climate policies change the need for underground gas storage in the future?
Though their conclusions are mixed about the need and the future of natural gas storage in California it does acknowledge a number of troubling details:
1. We have absolutely know data or reliable idea of how these facilities will react to natural disaster like earthquakes.
2. Having these facilities near large population centers greatly increase the risk and potential hazards impact.
Both of these facts are extremely troubling seeing the Playa del Rey facility has around a half a million people living within 5 miles of the facility and the facility is surrounded by fault lines some within 2 miles of the facility. This report does little to make communities living near these facilities feel any safer. You can read the full report here.