Van Nuys, Calif. – The California Public Utilities Commission was due to vote today on a proposed moratorium of new natural gas connections in Southern California. The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) has been at the forefront in opposition to this proposal, which would harm businesses’ ability to provide new job opportunities and expand. VICA and its members, along with a coalition of businesses, have been active in sending letters, emails and contacting officials to explain our concerns and urge them to rethink this proposal. In response to VICA’s successful efforts to delay a vote, President Stuart Waldman said:
“We commend the Public Utilities Commission for listening to the business community’s concerns and delaying action on this flawed proposal. We continue to urge the Commission to forgo this moratorium altogether and maintain natural gas as an affordable energy choice for customers.
“In the San Fernando Valley and throughout Southern California, businesses rely on natural gas as an energy alternative that has proven to be affordable, safe, reliable and efficient.
“Preventing new gas connections would add to the red tape and regulations that make doing business in Los Angeles and across the state increasingly unprofitable. This moratorium would signal that California is not open for business.”
Contact: Stuart Waldman, President
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Office: (818) 817-0545 / Cell: (818) 439-1983