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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...
News Story
10/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO >> PG&E customers will see an increase in their electricity bills if state regulators approve rate increases linked to the proposed closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The average bill for a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month would rise 1.6 percent, according to PG...
News Release
8/24/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Southern California's winter peak natural gas needs can be met without Aliso Canyon, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today. Their evaluation runs counter to the Aliso Canyon winter reliability assessment, issued by California regulators, SoCalGas, and the LADWP, which the groups say overstates the...
News Story
6/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A potential natural gas shortage that could develop later this year due to a lack of storage capacity following the Porter Ranch gas leak could hamper the five Los Angeles area refineries that make gasoline. To assess the risk, the California Energy Commission is hearing from experts and the public at a workshop Friday in San Pedro. The...
News Story
5/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control is reviewing a number of its decisions to take no further action regarding potential environmental contamination, with a specific focus on cases involving two senior agency scientists who had exchanged dozens of racially-charged...
News Story
5/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists and civil rights advocates are charging that recent resignations by a host of top executives and managers at the toxics department reflects continuing dysfunction at the embattled agency and a lack of support for director Barbara Lee. "Senior managers and mid-level workhorse staff are leaving the Department of Toxic...
News Story
5/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The process, expected to emit excess pollutants for about six hours in violation of regulations, is delayed two days ExxonMobil announced Friday evening that the long-awaited restart of its Torrance refinery, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, would be postponed two days for “operational” reasons, authorities said....
News Story
5/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The February 2015 explosion that shuttered the ExxonMobil plant in Torrance was the costliest disruption at a California refinery in the past 16 years, with motorists paying at least $2.4 billion in higher pump prices in the following six months, according to a recent RAND study. Soaring prices stemming from the lost gasoline supply sucked a...
News Story
4/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Recently, city leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gov. Jerry Brown administration energy regulators warned of “blackouts” if Aliso Canyon’s natural gas storage remains shut. They pointed to a state report, raising the blackout threat, after which Southern California Gas Co. said it would have Aliso operating again by...
News Story
4/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Energy agencies told the LA City Council on Tuesday that customers face up to 14 days of blackouts this summer in the aftermath of this year's massive methane gas leak - an assertion a consumer group calls misleading. At a Tuesday morning council meeting, The California Independent System Operator director Tom Doughty and...