With more than 1,000 users reportedly tracking health symptoms allegedly tied to Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage facility, Environmental Data Technologies LLC (EDT) said data from Jan. 11-19 showed increased symptoms when emissions spiked at the 3,200-acre storage facility. Advocates attempting to close the 86 Bcf facility said the report showed a pattern between elevated methane levels and illness in the adjacent Porter Ranch neighborhood. EDT said it used real-time readings provided by an independent monitoring system maintained by Argos Scientific.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) has filed a rehearing request with FERC asking the Commission to reconsider the certificate order it issued authorizing the PennEast pipeline. The request signals DRN’s intent to challenge the project’s certificate in court. Before the organization can do so, it must file a rehearing request. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had 30 days to respond to the request. After more than two years of review, FERC recently issued the 120-mile greenfield pipeline a certificate. PennEast would move more than 1 Bcf/d of Appalachian shale gas to New Jersey. The project sponsors are targeting a 2019 in-service date. Environmental opposition groups have increasingly stepped-up their challenges against shale infrastructure projects with rehearing requests at FERC and court challenges.