California Public Utilities Commission Awards $1.5 Million for Neighborhood Association’s Successful Opposition to a Natural Gas Storage Project Located in an Urban Residential Neighborhood

January 8th, 2014

By: Chris Butcher



On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) unanimously approved the award of almost $1.5 million to the Avondale-Glen Elder Neighborhood Association (AGENA) to reimburse expenses incurred in its approximately 5-year battle to oppose the Sacramento Natural Gas Storage, LLP (SNGS) proposal to store 8 billion cubic feet of natural gas underneath 700 homes in the Avondale Glen Elder neighborhood. AGENA was represented by attorneys from Legal Services of Northern California and current Thomas Law Group attorneys on a pro bono basis throughout the five-year administrative process leading up to the Commission’s decision on July 12, 2012 to deny the project.

More information is available from the Sacramento Bee:  http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/18/5921701/south-sacramento-group-wins-15.html.