Air regulators sue SoCal Gas over months-long well leak

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Regional air regulators sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, seeking penalties that could surpass $25 million for a monthslong natural gas leak that is blamed for sickening neighbors and has prompted a mass evacuation of a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

Another Natural-Gas Pipeline for New Jersey, Courtesy of State BPU

The state yesterday cleared the way for another natural-gas pipeline to be built in southern New Jersey, the second one given a green light in little over a month by utility regulators. Like the previous pipeline approved in December, the 30-mile project by New Jersey Natural Gas would cross a portion of the Pinelands.

Time for FERC to pipe down – Maya K. van Rossum

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This month, more than 165 organizations and 2000 concerned people from across America sent a letter to Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asking for justice. Not justice for any one individual – justice for the country and the environment.

Cutting Pollution From U.S. Power Plants Cheaper Than You Think

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Cutting global-warming pollution in the U.S. may not be so costly after all. A shift to wind and solar power and an expanded electric grid would allow the U.S. to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from electricity production by as much as 80 percent without raising power costs, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

California gas leak spotlights shoddy regulation of aging storage wells

Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, California, utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure. The leaking well’s owner, Southern California Gas Co, warned state utility regulators in 2014 of “major failures” without a rate hike to pay for comprehensive inspections of 229 storage wells.