U.S. Congressman Steve Knight | E-Newsletter
District Update |February 25, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman Steve Knight
For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Outlaw
Thursday, February 25, 2016 (202) 225-1956
KNIGHT MAKES THE CASE FOR FEDERAL GAS STORAGE SAFETY STANDARDS 
CONGRESSMAN TESTIFIES ON BEHALF OF PORTER RANCH RESIDENTS AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) appeared at a Congressional hearing on pipeline safety Thursday morning to urge his colleagues to pass legislation that would prevent incidents like the Aliso Canyon gas leak from ever occurring in America again. 

Earlier this month, Rep. Knight sent a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railways, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (CA-10) requesting that the Subcommittee gather information and hear testimony regarding underground natural gas storage facilities with the goal of preventing gas leaks like the one that occurred at the Aliso Canyon facility last October. On Thursday morning, the Subcommittee honored his request and invited Rep. Knight to testify on behalf of his constituents in Porter Ranch who were affected by the leak and those in Santa Clarita who live in close proximity to the smaller but similar Honor Rancho storage facility.

“This matter is extremely important to me, and bringing it before Congress moves us much closer to understanding what failed at Aliso Canyon,” said Rep. Knight. “Now it is time we begin the prevention process.”

Rep. Knight’s testimony began with an overview of the four-plus month leak that displaced over three-thousand residents. He noted that over the course of incident, his priorities were to ensure that the situation was resolved as quickly as possible, and to take steps to protect the local residents. Rep. Knight then explained the need for federal safety standards on natural gas storage facilities, and discussed H.R. 4429, the Natural Gas Leak Prevention Act, a bill he introduced in January that would require the Secretary of Transportation to issue such standards. 

“We cannot undo the damage that was done in Porter Ranch, but we can make sure every effort is made to mitigate the impacts on their day to day lives and assist in the recovery process,” continued Rep. Knight. “It is time to move forward on comprehensive legislation to prevent another incident from happening in our communities ever again.”

The Natural Gas Leak Prevention Act (H.R. 4429) currently awaits assignment to a committee. Rep. Knight is confident that it will be included in a bill that reauthorizes the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline Safety Program, and will pass the House of Representatives in the coming months.

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Representative Steve Knight, (R-Antelope Valley), represents California's 25th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives, which includes the communities throughout the Antelope, Santa Clarita and Simi Valleys.

View Rep. Knight's testimony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k380BZYSa4
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