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Reopening Aliso Canyon Without Knowing What Caused Blowout Is Not Smart

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.

Governor Brown, Me Thinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much

Governor Jerry Brown is circling the wagons around the Public Utilities Commission in the face of our criticism that one of this latest appointments—his trusted advisor on all things energy and environment Cliff Rechtschaffen—is a lapdog of the oil industry

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Brown Stacks CPUC With Confidant Who Did Wet Work For Oil Industry In Firing Tough Oil Well Regulators

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Cliff Rechtschaffen as a Commissioner to the scandal-plagued Public Utilities Commission, along with another current Brown staffer, Martha Guzman Aceves. This gives Brown power for the next six years over the PUC, even though he will be leaving office in two.
 
It's a deeply troubling appointment given Rechtschaffen's role in carrying out the demands of the oil industry in the firing of two tough wellhead regulators at the Department of Conservation and Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) in 2011.  
 

Wanted: Court To Block Building Of LA Basin Power Plants We Don’t Need

If no one ever explained this, Californians might want to know that the California Public Utilities Commission has constitutional status. The PUC is where the buck stops on regulation of investor-owned utilities, so what it says goes—even when the billion-dollar projects it approves are needless and destructive of the environment. 

Brown's Fingerprints on Corpses of Bills To Allow Superior Court Review of PRA Denials

The timing was breathtaking. On August 31, a state court ruled Governor Brown’s emails in a utility scandal could not be made public because the Superior Court had no jurisdiction. 

Late that night, as this year’s legislative session closed, Brown reneged on a summer agreement he made with lawmakers to create such court review in a sweeping package of Public Utility Commission reforms. 

Is Kamala Harris Playing Both Sides of the Field?

A petition filed against the Coastal Commission to stop San Onofre nuclear waste from being burried in the sand shows how many conflicts Attorney General Kamala Harris has entangled her office in.

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