Monday, October 23, 2017. (Photo by Dean Musgrove/SCNG)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 27th, 2017 – Jon Pelzer, one of the 18 citizens arrested
on the two year anniversary of the Aliso Canyon gas blowout, was released from LAPD custody just before midnight on October 23rd, 2017.
When asked, Mr. Pelzer said that it’s clear the oil and gas companies and the finance and
insurance industries all share a willingness to put profits over the health of the people they
That’s why, as a first-time candidate running for Congress in the 30th Congressional
District, which includes Aliso Canyon, Pelzer’s campaign takes no money from corporations or
PACs. As a member of Congress this will empower him to fight for the people of the 30th
Congressional District without being constrained by special interest money.
“Being a concerned citizen was enough incentive to take part in this protest. And now, as a candidate for Congress in the 30th Congressional District which includes the community impacted by the Aliso Canyon gas leak, it is my responsibility to do whatever I can to support the rights of those I am seeking the honor of representing. If I don’t do this as a candidate now, what kind of voice would I be in Congress?” says Pelzer.
The Aliso Canyon facility, operated by the Southern California Gas Company, allows the for-
profit corporation to store large amounts of fracked gas in its cheaper form, and then sell it for
more when the demand is high. Even though our current energy infrastructure doesn’t require
the facility to be in active use, SoCalGas has actively used its resources in the pursuit of
Pelzer says, “This is yet another example of the dangerous trend to privatize important
segments of American life. No profit-driven enterprise should ever have a say in matters of
public policy. Period.”
Mr. Pelzer believes that fighting for the rights of his fellow Valley residents to have a healthy
environment is enough of an incentive to take part in this protest. He comments, “And as a
candidate for Congress I see it as my responsibility to do whatever I could to support the rights
of those I am was seeking the honor of representing. After all, if I cannot do that now as a
candidate, what kind of an advocate will I be in Congress?”
Jon Pelzer, along with the other activists arrested, are preparing for their court date, scheduled
for November 15th, 2017.