Task Force Urges Safety Reforms for Natural Gas Storage Fields

By Rebecca Smith, The Wall Street Journal.

Federal officials on Tuesday called for a sweeping safety overhaul of more than 400 underground natural gas storage fields in the U.S., following a massive leak last year at a facility near Los Angeles.

The report by the Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety recommended 44 measures to bolster the safety and soundness of natural gas storage fields in 30 states that fall under federal jurisdiction.

It was prompted by a massive and protracted gas leak in October 2015 at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field northwest of Los Angeles, which released more than 90,000 metric tons of methane and forced the relocation of thousands of households from the nearby community of Porter Ranch.