February 1st, 2016
Contact: Orrin Evans
February 1, 2016
Bryan Caforio Proposes Policy Fixes to Prevent the Next Porter Ranch
NO LEAK ACT Would Assist Local Agencies, Prevent Gas Leaks, and Ensure Access to Justice for Victims
Valencia, Calif. – Attorney and candidate for Congress Bryan Caforio today released a white paper outlining steps he would take in Congress in the wake of the disastrous methane leak in Porter Ranch, which has caused thousands of families and businesses to relocate. Caforio’s Nation Overcoming Leaking Emissions by Acting Knowingly and Controlling Toxins (NO LEAK ACT) would assist local agencies, prevent future gas leaks, and ensure access to justice for victims.
“As the residents in and around Porter Ranch show their resilience in pulling together to overcome the worst environmental disaster since the BP Horizon Oil Spill, Congress must take strong action now,” said Caforio. “It’s time to change a system where a handful of powerful corporations can act with impunity while vulnerable families are left without access to justice.”
While Caforio proposes substantive solutions, his opponent Steve Knight continues to defend one of his largest campaign contributors Sempra Energy and their subsidiary SoCalGas, which is being sued for negligence in causing the environmental disaster.
Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and is currently a partner at Susman Godfrey L.L.P. where he practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Valencia with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama carried the district in 2008, and experts consider it a toss-up in a Presidential year. Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration for the first time, and more than half the voting age population is non-white. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.
The Nation Overcoming Leaking Emissions by Acting Knowingly and Controlling Toxins (NO LEAK ACT)
As the residents in and around Porter Ranch, California, show their resilience in pulling together to overcome the worst environmental disaster since the BP Horizon Oil Spill, the United States Federal Government must take strong action now to accomplish three goals:
1. Assist local agencies in responding to the leak immediately.
2. Prevent future gas leaks with stronger nationwide uniform standards.
3. Ensure that all of those harmed have access to justice, an opportunity to receive a full
recovery, and the right to relocate and rebuild.
Assist Local Agencies in Responding to the Leak
The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), Department of Transportation (“DOT”), and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) should:
Prevent Future Gas Leaks with Stronger Nationwide Uniform Standards
With more than 400 natural gas storage facilities across the country, we cannot continue to rely on states to impose conflicting, haphazard, or non-existent safety standards. Instead, Congress should pass legislation providing for robust, enforceable, and uniform nationwide standards, including by:
Ensure that Everyone Harmed has Access to Justice and Opportunity for Full Recovery
The harm caused by the Aliso Canyon gas leak will likely reach into the billions of dollars in direct harm, with untold additional damage to the state, national, and global environment. Congress must ensure that all victims have access to justice, the right to receive a full recovery, and the ability to relocate and rebuild by: