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Caney Arnold Moderates Press Conference: Rancho LPG Danger


State Lands Commission to Hear Testimony on Rancho LPG Safety

Recent explosions, gas leaks, and train derailments focus renewed light on the risks to thousands in San Pedro…and beyond

SAN PEDRO, CA., August 15, 2017, /PRNewswire/ -- At 12 noon on Thursday, August 17, 2017, a panel consisting of homeowners, petroleum consultants, risk experts, environmental attorneys and environmentalists will present their latest findings on the risks to residents in San Pedro as a result of volatile storage tanks located at the Plains All American Pipeline / Rancho LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) storage facility.
The news conference is being held immediately before the State Lands Commission (SLC) scheduled hearing at its satellite location in San Pedro Thursday afternoon regarding the safety of the LPG Rancho site. For years, residents and environmentalists have called for the closure of the Plains’All American Pipeline owned, Rancho Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Storage Tanks, citing serious safety risks from earthquakes, train derailments, or potential terrorist threats. Plains has been criminally indicted for the Santa Barbara oil spill.
Attending the news conference will be Gayle McLaughlin, (Past Richmond, CA Mayor & Candidate for Lieutenant Governor), Dr. Carl Southwell,(Risk Policy Institute), Connie Rutter, (Oil Industry Environmental Consultant), Attorney, Anthony Patchett (Retired Los Angeles Prosecutor Environmental Crimes Unit), Jesse Marquez (President of Coalition for a Safe Environment) and Charles Hart (President of San Pedro Peninsula Homeowner’s United).
The Press Conference, at Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining Restaurant 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, CA 90731, will feature a short video highlighting the dangers of the Rancho LPG facility followed by a brief statement on the history of the protracted legal battle by the SPPHU and environmental justice activists which has brought us to this point. Following the video and brief history, the panel will take questions from the press to help the public gain further insight into the rationale for today’s call for the long overdue action to resolve the overwhelming danger from the Rancho LPG Storage Tanks. The press conference will be moderated by Caney Arnold, Candidate for CA State Assembly District 66.
Following the press conference, at 1pm, the State Lands Commission Hearing will begin with the topic of Rancho LPG as the first regular item on the agenda.
The primary site for the SLC Hearing is at Port of San Diego Administration Building, 1st Floor Board Room, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 9210. Homeowner Janet Gunter, from the San Pedro Peninsula Homeowner’s United (SPPHU), and Environmental Attorney Noel Weiss will begin the testimony in support of taking immediate action to eliminate the extraordinary risk of the facility.
Representatives from Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office and Representative Nannette Barragan’s office have been invited to serve on the panel.
Please RSVP regarding your intention to attend the press conference, and submit any preliminary questions you may have to Caney Arnold at

Contact: Caney Arnold (310) 951-1783 or Janet Gunter (310) 251-7075

Paid for by Caney Arnold for Assembly 2018. FPPC#1398348.  
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