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Aliso Canyon gas leak

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
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 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
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...
Blog Post
4/20/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that goes for blackout threats too.   The California Senate Energy, Utilities & Commerce Committee has set an oversight hearing for May 10th to ask state energy regulators about last week's controversial report that absent Aliso Canyon's gas storage there would be blackouts this summer in...
News Release
4/12/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has written legislative leaders to call for answers under oath from PUC President Michael Picker and other energy regulators about why state reports misrepresented Southern California natural gas reserves and capacity to invoke the threat of blackouts if Aliso Canyon’s gas reserves are shut down. Read...
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.