Wilk bill to study odorants used in natural gas storage passes Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, presented Assembly Bill 1904, which would mandate the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to submit a report assessing the potential dangers caused by odorants to public health and the environment, as well as identify any possible alternatives. The measure passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee unanimously.

“During the Aliso Canyon gas leak, many of my constituents reported experiencing adverse health effects such as headaches, nose bleeds, and nausea that are presumed to have been caused by odorants,” said Wilk. “Odorants are a necessary tool in the safe storage of natural gas because they allow for detection of a gas leak. However, we want to ensure we are protecting members of the public by looking into the odorant compounds used and ensuring they are as harmless as possible to both the public and the environment.”

AB 1904 was introduced in response to the natural gas leak that was discovered on October 23, 2015 at the Aliso Canyon facility. The natural gas (methane) streamed for an estimated 118 days, forcing the relocation of nearly 20,000 residents, before it was finally capped. AB 1904 includes an urgency clause that orders the immediate start of the study since the odorants used at the Aliso Canyon storage facility are used at multiple sites across California.

AB 1904 now heads to the Senate Appropriations committee.