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News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
If energy agencies and utilities ever want to scare consumers, they need say little more than "blackouts." Those rolling power outages, well remembered from the state's energy crisis of 2000-01, sit at the heart of the case California energy officials are making to keep the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility open...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Local advocacy groups accused state regulators Tuesday of buying in to scare tactics after a report released last week predicted 14 days of power outages and higher electricity rates in Southern California this summer if a San Fernando Valley natural gas storage facility remained offline. Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said state...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists are challenging warnings from state energy officials that low natural gas reserves resulting from the gas leak near Porter Ranch could lead to isolated blackouts this summer. A report commissioned by advocacy group Food and Water Watch and presented by Consumer Watchdog argues that Southern California Gas Company can function...
Video
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch are calling for an investigation into what they say are lies and scare tactics to try to get the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility reopened.
Video
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates say authorities are lying to the public about potential rolling blackouts to scare them into reopening the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility.
News Story
4/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Travel back in time to the mid-1980s, when California’s insurance rates for both cars and property were nearly the highest in America and climbing fast. Back then, the state insurance commissioner, who could have stopped much of the price acceleration, was appointed by the governor. Then, in 1988, a consumer group called the Foundation for...
Video
4/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Porter Ranch residents and consumer advocates say the state is lying about rolling blackout threats to scare Southern Californians into reopening the Aliso Canyon gas facility.
Video
4/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says the threats of rolling blackouts unless the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility is reopened are nothing but scare tactics.
News Release
2/17/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Brown’s announcement today that the state will spend $176.6 million to clean up a wide swath of East Los Angeles in the wake of Exide Technologies’ decades-long lead contamination is a major victory for the people who live near the shuttered facility, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Governor Brown...
News Story
2/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
After years of silence, Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday asked California state lawmakers to spend nearly $177 million for expedited testing and cleanup of lead contamination in communities around the former Exide plant in Vernon. "This Exide battery recycling facility has been a problem for a very long time," Brown said in  a statement...