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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Statement on AQMD Actions

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Porter Ranch (January 27, 2016) (Press Release)Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the recent AQMD actions.

“The order approved by SoCal Gas from AQMD is a collusive consent order intended to immunize SoCal Gas from a Clean Air Act Citizen Suit Action. The proposed Order allegedly resolves all liability issues with a sweetheart deal, and now a complaint, requesting only nominal civil penalties.

The order nowhere requires SoCal Gas to perform the hard work of exploring permanent closure of the facility. California regulators are acting the part of the classic “captive agency” instead of protecting the public from pollution. AQMD, like DOGGR, are behaving like sock puppets for a company that they are charged with regulating. Virtually every action to date has exposed AQMD's dogged obsession with keeping SoCal Gas’s rusting and decrepit Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility open rather than forcing the company to engage in the long-term studies and planning required for an orderly shutdown and transition to safe and clean energy sources.

Instead of devising tricky gimmicks to help SoCal Gas duck accountability for its crimes, AQMD should be focusing on its neglected responsibility to force the company to 1) properly characterize the gas plume, 2) come clean about its history of unreported discharges, 3) come clean about the misallocation of safety upgrade funding, and 4) safeguard public health and private property.

So Cal Gas’ Porter Ranch well failure is also a failure of government. It’s time that regulators recall that they are public servants - not indentured servants to the gas company.”

For more information and to view the massive amount of poisonous gas being emitted by the shocking and unprecedented well failure, visit www.porterranchlawsuit.com.

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Kennedy & Madonna, LLP is an environmental law firm that specializes in representing communities that have been impacted by pollution. The firm uses a variety of legal tools including federal citizen suits, administrative challenges, and tort law to hold polluters accountable for their actions. The firm was formed in 2000 by founding partners Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Kevin J. Madonna. For more information, visit www.kennedymadonna.com.

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