Statement from School Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson Supporting the Closure of the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility

Nov. 15, 2016

The natural-gas leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility and the health problems experienced by families living near the site raise serious questions about the safety of the operation. Given this uncertainty, we simply cannot take chances with the health and safety of the students and staff at the 20 L.A. Unified schools, or with community residents, located within five miles of the facility.

I thank my colleagues on the board for their support in urging Gov. Jerry Brown, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to shut down this site. Nothing short of closing Aliso Canyon will allow us the security of knowing that its operation will not harm our families, our communities and future generations.

I also appreciate their advocacy in taking a stand against other energy-generation projects that could impact the well-being of our students and families.