- California’s fight against climate change would be overhauled under legislation advanced by an Assembly committee on Monday. The legislation would link the state’s efforts against greenhouse gases and other pollutants, which cause public health problems such as asthma. (Los Angeles Times)
Agencies to leave methane monitoring at Porter Ranch to private companies
89.3 KPCC | Sharon McNary
When America’s worst-ever natural gas leak stank up the air around Porter Ranch in late 2015 forcing thousands of families to flee a pervasive rotten-egg smell and potential health impacts, a few public and private entities installed monitors to sniff the air and publicly display methane measurements in close to real time.
California’s landmark climate-change program would also fight air pollution under proposal
The Mercury News | Katy Murphy
As the Legislature weighs the future of cap and trade, California’s groundbreaking program to cut greenhouse gas emissions that expires in 2020, it is considering key changes pushed by environmentalists and fought by Big Oil and other industry groups in a proposal that cleared its first committee hearing Monday. Air pollution — not just climate-warming greenhouse gases — would be melded into the complex cap-and-trade program under Assembly Bill 378, by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia. Garcia heads the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources, which passed the proposal.
California lawmakers push to link public health efforts to climate programs
Los Angeles Times | Chris Megerian
California’s fight against climate change would be overhauled under legislation advanced by an Assembly committee on Monday. The legislation, a revised version of a measure introduced earlier this year, would link the state’s efforts against greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming, and other pollutants, which cause public health problems such as asthma. Facilities such as oil refineries would face tighter restrictions, and the cap-and-trade program — which requires companies to buy permits to emit greenhouse gases — would become less flexible.
Brief — Aliso Canyon
Natural Gas Intel
Nearby residents and environmental activists working to permanently close the Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage facility urged the Los Angeles City Council Friday to use a city-owned water/power utility to study alternatives for relying on the facility. More than a dozen residents spoke and a group of residents from the Save Porter Ranch and Food & Water Watch cited a recent study by EES Consulting which concluded that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) can meet summer and winter peaks without the Southern California Gas Co. storage facility.
A major anti-fracking argument by environmentalists may not have the facts to back it up, a new study conducted by Duke University found. Fracking has not contaminated groundwater in northwestern West Virginia, according to the peer-reviewed study published this month in a European journal. “Based on consistent evidence from comprehensive testing, we found no indication of groundwater contamination over the three-year course of our study,” explained Avner Vengosh, the professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
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