OUR FIRST ISSUE!
This is our first issue of the Protect Playa Now Newsletter. We hope this newsletter ignites a fire in you that is not fueled by the burning of methane gas but by the love of our community and its renewable future.
On April 8th we joined Last Chance Alliance and communities from across CA, calling on Governor Newsom to fight Big Oil’s greed today. From Los Angeles to the Bay Area banners were dropped. We demand the governor stay true to his word and ‘Stop SoCalGas’, ‘No New Fossil Fuels’, and ‘End Neighborhood Drilling’.
Updates and Actions
California Senate Bill 1423 - We support Senator Stern's California bill to close the loophole for Oil and Gas in the Coastal Act. This bill just passed through the State Sen Natural Resources and Water Committee. The next stop is the Sen Appropriations Committee.
California Senate Bill 1486 - We support Senator Stern's California bill to shut down Aliso Canyon. We Thank Senator Allen for Co-Authoring the bill. We need to send a loud message from Los Angeles to Sacramento: we demand a deadline to close Aliso Canyon! Governor Newsom must keep his promise and ensure this dangerous facility is closed. Without Newsom's leadership, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will continue to backslide on this goal and let SoCalGas off the hook!
Senator Stern's bill will 1) put a moratorium on the use of Aliso Canyon returning it to an asset of last resort and 2) require the CPUC shut down Aliso Canyon by 2027. 3) Would prohibit additional use of the Playa del Rey natural gas storage facility as a result of a moratorium on natural gas operations at, or the closure of, the Aliso Canyon facility.
This bill will have its 1st Hearing which will be heard in the State Sen Natural Resources and Water Committee on April 25th, Tuesday at 9am.
Gas Infrastructure in the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Request for Qualifications - California Department of Fish & Wildlife released a notice that states they plan on starting permitting and design procedures for a 60-acre portion of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve as part of their overall industrial alteration of this fragile marshland ecosystem. There is no rationale stated as to why this particular parcel of land, very close to the SoCalGas Tank Farm, has been selected, but they did include information that the project would involve: “removing and relocating an existing gas line.”
So much for the State and the allies of this proposed project continuing to claim that this construction project masquerading as a “restoration” has “nothing to do with the gas storage facility.” We’ve reviewed the background documents, and this latest announcement underscores what we’ve known all along. Click here to sign up to be kept informed of actions needed to stop the installation of new fossil fuel infrastructure through this questionable publicly-funded guise of a “restoration.”
Calls to Action