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News Story
3/31/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A scathing Los Angeles County study has concluded that the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas facility isn’t needed to ensure reliability of electricity and gas service in the region this summer or the coming winter. That review sharply contrasts with the dire warnings issued last summer by state regulators, who stirred up fears of blackouts...
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2/6/2017
Posted by Connor
Consumer Watchdog and it's coalition partners release report detailing Governor Brown's poor environmental record in addition to his role in the Aliso Canyon natural Gas facility's continued operation.  California has an energy glut in light of Jerry Brown's administrations continued role in the opening of new Natural Gas...
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1/27/2017
Posted by Connor
Consumer Watchdog and it's coalition partner Food & Water Watch rally resistance against the reopening of the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility, the site of major methane leaks last year.  
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1/26/2017
Posted by Connor
Consumer Watchdog & Food and Water Watch are organizing a protest at the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility tonight to try to stop the reopening of the facility that infamously had leaks in 2016.
News Release
1/24/2017
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- As President Trump revived the Keystone XL Pipeline, Consumer Watchdog pointed to its 2013 analysis that found that the pipeline would increase Midwest gasoline prices and likely bring few jobs.   The report by Judy Dugan and Tim Hamilton that found the pipeline was a way to move Canadian crude oil to Asia via the gulf...
News Story
1/24/2017
Posted by Connor
Withdrawal by Southern California Gas spurs claims of supply manipulation.   Southern California Gas Co. tapped the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field Tuesday after issuing an alert about potential supply shortages because of increased consumer demand. Hours after withdrawing gas from Aliso Canyon -- a facility that has been shut...
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1/23/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
SoCalGas is under fire from Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch for prematurely reopening natural gas wells at the Aliso Canyon facility.
News Story
1/9/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
No part of state government except the courts is supposed to be more independent and less subject to the sway of politics than the Public Utilities Commission, which decides rates and other practices of California’s largest utilities. That’s why commissioners serve six-year terms, longer even than the governors who appoint them. It...
News Story
12/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A banking scandal, exploding phones and the ongoing roller coaster of PG&E rate changes were among the top stories raising the ire of consumers this years. Perhaps the worst was the Wells Fargo bank scandal in which employees secretly opened millions of bogus credit and bank accounts to meet sales targets, and then funded many of those...
News Story
11/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On November 21, a small amount of bromine trifluoride was accidentally released from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Southern California. There were no injuries from this toxic and highly reactive industrial chemical, but residents of the nearby Porter Ranch neighborhood say this accident, in addition to other leaks and...