Judge de­nies re­quest for Aliso Canyon re­strain­ing or­der

The Signal - - NEWS - By Gina En­der Sig­nal Staff Writer

Los An­ge­les County’s ef­fort to halt gas in­jec­tions in Aliso Canyon was de­nied by the su­pe­rior court on Fri­day.

The Board of Su­per­vi­sors had filed for a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der in hopes of stop­ping South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Gas Com­pany from re­sum­ing in­jec­tions at the site where the 2015 meth­ane blowout oc­curred, but the re­quest was re­jected by Judge John Wi­ley.

“The county’s first pri­or­ity is to pro­tect the health and safety of the res­i­dents of Porter Ranch and the north­west San Fernando Val­ley,” Fifth Dis­trict Su­per­vi­sor Kathryn Barger said in a state­ment. “I be­lieve that al­low­ing Aliso Canyon to be­gin rein­ject­ing puts the res­i­dents in a po­ten­tially un­safe en­vi­ron­ment.”

Wi­ley de­nied the re­quest “on ju­ris­dic­tional grounds,” say­ing he did not have the au­thor­ity to con­sider the tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der, ac­cord­ing to Barger.

Los An­ge­les County now plans to go to the Court of Ap­peals to re­quest an emer­gency stay un­til they can file an in­junc­tion.

This comes af­ter the county an­nounced plans to sue the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion’s Di­vi­sion of Oil, Gas and Geother­mal Re­sources for giv­ing So­Cal­Gas the okay to re­sume in­jec­tions be­fore con­duct­ing a root cause anal­y­sis.

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