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News Story
8/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The recent reopening of the Aliso Canyon natural gas reserve, source of the largest methane leak in U.S. history, should remind state lawmakers that regulation is as worthy of their focus as legislation. A confirmation hearing on Wednesday for Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide on oil and gas to the Public Utilities Commission gives the state...
News Story
8/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
There are some indications that Clifford Rechtschaffen, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s two latest appointments to the state Public Utilities Commission, would be more of an advocate for utilities than for consumers, ratepayers and those adversely affected by environmental issues. That’s why the Senate Rules Committee needs to ask tough...
News Story
8/9/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Do regulators in California have your back when utilities or industries run amok, or when there’s a threat to public health in your neighborhood? We’d all like to think so, but there’s a long history of coziness between regulators, industry titans and politicians. So you’d have to be a hopeless optimist, or a very trusting...
News Story
8/2/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A new report by Consumer Watchdog suggests Gov. Jerry Brown showed favoritism for Sempra Energy, the parent company of SoCalGas. Kathleen Brown, the governor's sister, sits on the board of directors of Sempra Energy. Consumer advocates said she and Sempra have benefited financially from decisions made by state regulators...
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8/1/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A new report by Consumer Watchdog suggests Gov. Jerry Brown showed favoritism for Sempra Energy, the parent company of SoCalGas. Kathleen Brown, the governor's sister, sits on the board of directors of Sempra Energy. Consumer advocates said she and Sempra have benefited financially from decisions made by state regulators...
News Release
8/1/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Sempra shareholders have profited wildly from the favorable decisions taken by Jerry Brown’s appointees since the Governor was elected, and his sister Kathleen Brown, a Sempra board member, has made more than $1 million in cash and stock since joining the board four years ago, Consumer Watchdog said today in a new...
News Story
8/1/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Despite concerns raised by residents and Los Angeles County leaders, Southern California Gas Co. said Monday it is restarting natural gas injections at Aliso Canyon wells and that the company has completed all safety measures to do so. Throughout Monday the company issued mixed messages about when injections resumed. But a letter sent to Porter...
News Story
8/1/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
One day after Sempra Energy’s regulated natural gas utility announced it had reopened the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage plant, a Southern California consumer activist group raised new questions about the San Diego energy giant’s close ties to Gov. Jerry Brown. The Governor’s Office rejected the groups’ report as old and...
News Story
8/1/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Jane Fowler says she’s crippled with fear over Southern California Gas Co. resuming injections at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near her home. The Granada Hills resident has endured headaches and nausea in recent years, she said, that would vanish when she distanced herself from the underground storage field, site of the...
News Release
7/11/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Sacramento, CA — Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch oppose Assembly Bill 398, brokered by Governor Jerry Brown to extend California’s cap-and-trade program past 2020, as a massive giveaway of billions of dollars to the oil and gas industry that fails to rein in one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in...