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Blog Post
8/31/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
A deadly brew of corporate carelessness and failed regulation caused the natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight residents in a quiet neighborhood of San Bruno, CA., says a long-awaited report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The harsh conclusions and strong language echo a similar report on the causes of a 2005 refinery...
News Story
4/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
With outrage growing over PG&E's plan to award outgoing CEO Peter Darbee $35 million as he retires under a cloud of controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that ratepayers should not be required to pay any of Darbee's retirement package. "At a moment when so many Californians face foreclosure, unemployment and depressed...
Video
4/3/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
Japan's nuclear power company didn't prepare for the worst a tsunami could deliver, even though there was historical precedent. Check this video of Consumer Watchdog's founder Harvey Rosenfield, who began his career fighting against nuclear energy threats in Washington, DC.
Blog Post
3/17/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
I remember days and nights spent at a rewrite desk in Washington 25 years ago, taking in and editing nearly unbelievable information from reporters in Russia and Western Europe. Where was this place, Chernobyl? Was the meltdown first, or the explosion? Was radiation really spreading across Europe? Do we have a stringer in Norway? How could this...
Blog Post
3/16/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
The news about Japan’s nuclear crisis gets worse with each dribble of information from a reluctant bureaucracy. The chief risk Wednesday was that spent nuclear fuel rods in enormous storage pools would boil away the water that shields them, setting the waste on fire to spew highly radioactive particles into the wind. Yet in Washington,...
Blog Post
2/15/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
An Ecuadorean judge's ruling Monday that Chevron owes $8.8 billion for oil-drilling damage and pollution in the Amazon is far less than asked. But it's far more than Chevron intends to pay--which is zero, except for the tens of millions of dollars or more the oil giant is shelling out to its army of lawyers. What's remarkable about...
Blog Post
12/14/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Oil refiner Valero, as it pumped $5 million into a California ballot proposition aimed at killing climate change regulation, warned that such regulation would bring an economic Armageddon of lost jobs in refineries and elsewhere, as well as unaffordable energy prices. A Consumer Watchdog study, however, proved that Valero was only interested in...
Blog Post
12/7/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
We've reported about what's wrong in the secrecy around BP's payments to Kenneth Feinberg and his law firm, which is doling out compensation for BP's devastating oil spill in the Gulf. Monday, though, the Center for Justice and Democracy got deep into the guts of the matter. In a letter to the CEO of BP, it lays out...
Blog Post
11/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The deadline for submitting claims to the $20 billion BP oil spill compensation fund is midnight Tuesday. The wrangling over payouts will go on, perhaps for years. Yet the administrator of the fund, Kenneth Feinberg, stubbornly refuses to say how much he’s being paid by the oil company, eroding the trust of frustrated claimants and the...
Blog Post
11/17/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The White House-appointed Oil Spill Commission wasted no time yesterday in rejecting Consumer Watchdog’s call for dismissal, or at least investigation, of its chief counsel, despite his  glaring conflicts of interest. I say glaring because Fred Bartlit, the panel’s top lawyer, has represented oil and chemical companies in court...