Submitted by Liza Tucker on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 14:01
Big Oil and Gas may have a tight grip on California, but a popular backlash against the industry and its corrupt relationships in the halls of power could lead to the prying off of its fingers one by one.
Submitted by Liza Tucker on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 17:16
State regulators are considering re-opening the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility without knowing what exactly caused the blowout in the first place. That’s like taking an airplane that just crash landed and sending it aloft again without knowing if the engine’s loose.
But that’s what State Oil and Gas Supervisor Ken Harris said today in a briefing with legislative staff in Sacramento who were asking tough questions about the state’s proposal to reopen 34 of the 114 wells at Aliso—albeit at reduced pressures and with continuous monitoring.
Submitted by Liza Tucker on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:12
Southern California Gas has a secret weapon. His name is Alan Walker. He works at the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), and he anticipates and satisfies every SoCalGas need before the company even asks.
Submitted by Liza Tucker on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:33
A year ago, Exxon's Torrance refinery suffered an explosion that brought the refinery's gasoline production to a halt. Since then, Californians have been on a gas price roller-coaster, paying the highest costs in the nation while the industry claims they are scrambling for gasoline.
Submitted by Jamie Court on Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:37
Heading to Sacramento Wednesday to testify on California’s outrageous gasoline price spikes, I was looking for context to explain the $10 billion extra California drivers paid for their gasoline in 2015 compared to US drivers. Then I read the Star Wars series made $4.4 billion worldwide.
An oil oligopoly, anchored by four California oil refiners, that control 78% of the gasoline market, raked in more extra dollars at the pump in one year than one of the most successful movie franchises in history.
Submitted by Liza Tucker on Tue, 12/08/2015 - 13:36
Over in Paris, other countries think California and its leader, Governor Jerry Brown, have it nailed on stopping climate change. Earlier this year, in Sacramento, Chistiana Figueres, the top United Nations official on the climate talks, put it like this: “The world is committed, but they don’t know how. California has figured out how.”