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California Requirements for Underground Gas Storage Projects


The California Department of Conservation (DOC) has released pre-rulemaking draft regulations (Discussion Draft) for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to the regulations governing the DOC’s Gas Storage Program.

On January 6, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown issued a proclamation of a state of emergency relating to the gas storage leak in Aliso Canyon. The proclamation required the DOC to promulgate emergency regulations to address safety and reliability measures. The DOC promulgated emergency regulations that became effective on February 5, 2016. The DOC is now working to expand on the requirements in the emergency regulations as part of a formal rulemaking for permanent regulations.

The DOC is providing a Discussion Draft of the proposed regulations in order to receive public comment. Submit written comments to the proposed regulatory action to the Department of Conservation by Monday, August 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Comments may be submitted by email to or by FAX to (916) 324-0948. Please indicate the subject line: “Discussion Draft Underground Gas Storage Regulations.”

For a copy of the Discussion Draft, contact Jessica Foley. More information can be found on the Underground Gas Storage page.