The LA Unified school board yesterday became the first elected body to ask government officials to move one of the largest above-ground butane gas facilities in the country. Located in San Pedro, the highly-flammable gas is housed in two storage tanks not far from three LAUSD school sites.
School board member Richard Vladovic, who represents the area and has been pushing to move the gas tanks for the last five years, said they posed was a greater risk of disaster than the Porter Ranch methane leak. That leak resulted in the temporary relocation of two schools.
“It’s a very dangerous situation,” said Vladovic, pointing to the Rancho Liquefied Petroleum Gas facility, which is close to Taper Avenue Elementary School, Johnston Community Day School and the Vic and Bonnie Christensen Science Center.
The resolution, which won unanimous support by the seven-member board, warns of “a vapor fire, pool fire and boiling liquid evaporative vapor explosion” and calls for a relocation “to an area where it does not pose any harm to students and their families.” The board asked the superintendent to let city, federal and state officials know of their support.
“You guys leading charge is very much appreciated because, God forbid, there should be an accident,” said activist attorney Noah Weiss. “You can look in the mirror and go to sleep knowing you did whatever can be done.”