Northern California in Midst of Historic Power Shutoffs

With extremely high winds forecast to return to Northern California by Tuesday, wildfire prevention methods by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) that cut power to more than two million people and thousands of homes and businesses are likely to stay in place for up to five days.

October 28, 2019

Long-Idled SoCalGas Transmission Pipeline Poised to Restart

After almost two years out of service, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) plans to restart Line 235, a 30-inch diameter pipeline that carries natural gas from the Arizona border through the high desert and into the Los Angeles Basin.

July 18, 2019
Controversial Los Angeles Urban Drilling Site to Close

Controversial Los Angeles Urban Drilling Site to Close

Denver-based Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR) has notified City of Los Angeles officials that it intends to close down and transform an oil and gas drilling site in a working class neighborhood near the University of Southern California (USC) campus.

August 17, 2018
SoCal Summer Power Risks Said to Continue from Aliso Canyon, Pipeline Outages

SoCal Summer Power Risks Said to Continue from Aliso Canyon, Pipeline Outages

Inadequate natural gas supplies for electricity generation in Southern California again will hover over the region this summer and cast doubts about next winter, according to an assessment unveiled by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

May 9, 2018

Wildfires Hit Los Angeles Foothills; Power Outages, But NatGas Said Unaffected

Powerful Santa Ana winds hit Los Angeles Monday overnight, fanning a wildfire in the foothills 20 miles northwest of downtown and leaving thousands of electrical customers without power. Initial reports from Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) indicated no major outages on the area system.

December 5, 2017
California Ports, Renewable NatGas Revving Up Clean Vehicle Push

California Ports, Renewable NatGas Revving Up Clean Vehicle Push

Opportunities for natural gas vehicles (NGV) could emerge from local and state initiatives unveiled in California this week where the political leadership is locked in an aggressive response to climate change.

June 15, 2017

Court Puts More Curbs on Los Angeles Urban Drill Site

An idle and already troubled urban oil drilling site in the shadow of downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday was hit with a permanent injunction by a California Superior Court judge that will keep it shut down until the operator, Allenco Energy Co., installs a health and safety monitoring system at the two-acre site.

June 10, 2016

Debate Follows SoCal Well Leak Closure; Cost Estimate Up to $300M

While leadership has shifted to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in overseeing an independent investigation of the root causes in the four-month-old natural gas storage well leak in Southern California, the future of the 86 Bcf, 3,600-acre underground storage field is shrouded in doubt and dissention.

February 22, 2016

Urban Oil/Gas Drilling Foes Hit the Streets in Los Angeles

With a three-month-old natural gas storage well leak dominating local news, urban Los Angeles residents opposed to oil/gas drilling activity in their neighborhoods are back in protest mode, demanding more attention from the city’s planning department regarding a longstanding Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Co. (FMO&G) oil well site.

January 29, 2016

Western Heat Drives Up NatGas-Fired Power Generation

Sustained widespread heat last week, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, has driven up the electric generation power burn for natural gas along the Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Diego.

July 6, 2015
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