Environment & Science

Moratorium at Aliso Canyon gas-leak facility sent to Gov. Brown

File: A crew works in early February to stop the flow of gas from the leaking gas well at the Aliso Canyon storage facility.
File: A crew works in early February to stop the flow of gas from the leaking gas well at the Aliso Canyon storage facility.
Courtesy of Sempra Utilities

California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation to extend the closure of a gas storage facility after it spewed massive amounts of natural gas for nearly four months.

The Senate approved the measure in a 36-0 vote on Monday.

SB380 by Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley responds to the leak of climate-changing methane at the Aliso Canyon facility near Los Angeles.

It extends Gov. Jerry Brown's January moratorium on injecting natural gas into the Southern California Gas Co. underground site.

It requires state regulators to complete a safety review and decide if one of the nation's largest natural gas storage fields should be eliminated.

Opponents fear that limiting the major natural gas supplier for Southern California could lead to power outages.