Crews are within days of declaring that a leaking gas well in Aliso Canyon has been sealed, but the impact of the environmental disaster that began last fall will continue to be felt now that it has exposed how much work America has to do to protect itself from aging infrastructure, the U.S. Energy secretary said Tuesday in a visit to the San Fernando Valley.
The leak in the country’s fifth-largest natural gas storage field underscores the broader themes of energy storage and infrastructure maintenance, Ernest Moniz told reporters after touring the site and meeting with local, state and federal politicians and regulatory agencies.
The meeting and media availability took place at the Chatsworth office of the Southern California Gas Co.
“These are issues that, I want to emphasize, have come to light particularly strongly here in Aliso Canyon and obviously are justifiably of huge local concern. But they also tell us about a problem we have to study more generally across the country and again that is part of why we are here,” Moniz said.
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