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Oil & Gas Press Clips: May 4, 2017

TOP STORY

  • A federal safety board blamed Exxon-Mobil for a Torrance oil refinery explosion that injured four people and threatened to release thousands of pounds of acid into nearby neighborhoods more than two years ago. (CBS Los Angeles)

 

CALIFORNIA 

Is Aliso Canyon needed to keep the power on as summer draws closer?
San Diego Union Tribune | Rob Nikolewski

Southern California Gas Company has sent a letter to state energy officials warning of reliability risks this summer if restrictions on the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage site in the Los Angeles area remain in place. But critics say the investor-owned utility is crying wolf.

NatGas Squeezed in California Climate Change Push, Say Edison Execs
Natural Gas Intel | Richard Nemec

Between aggressive carbon-reduction measures and a ban on using coastal waters for generation plant cooling, natural gas-fired electric generation will increasingly play a smaller role in California’s power mix, executives at Edison International (EI) said Monday during a quarterly earnings conference call.

2015 Torrance Oil Refinery Blast Could Have Been Catastrophic, Blames ExxonMobil
CBS Los Angeles

A federal safety board blamed Exxon-Mobil for a Torrance oil refinery explosion that injured four people and threatened to release thousands of pounds of acid into nearby neighborhoods more than two years ago. According to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, the blast on Feb. 18, 2015 could have been prevented and could have been catastrophic.

California is right to close its door to offshore drilling — Trump can’t be trusted with our beaches
Los Angeles Times | George Skelton

President Trump was the clincher: He wants more offshore oil drilling, so forget it. California is right to put up the barricades. This guy just can’t be trusted. He shows no respect for history or the truth. No way should California place its beautiful beaches in his soiled hands.

Climate change activist ‘surprised’ after being unanimously approved for LA City Council board
My News LA | Ryan Posner

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday unanimously approved the appointment of environmental activist Aura Vasquez to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. Vasquez, director of climate justice at the Center for Popular Democracy, represents a departure from previous commission appointees, who tend to come from the world of politics or business. “I was surprised that they would pick somebody like me. I have been an environmental activist and organizer my whole life, since I was 11 years old,” Vasquez said.

 

OPINION, REPORT, & PRESS RELEASE

Will environmental destruction be President Trump’s lasting legacy?
Los Angeles Times | Gloria J. Richards

Americans have naively come to think of our political leaders as thoughtful individuals who want only the best for our country and planet, even if we don’t always agree on how to approach that objective. That does not seem to be the case with President Trump. Rather than a friendly elephant draped in red, white and blue, his version of the Republican Party seems best represented with a huge dollar sign. Reversing any and all policies designed to protect our environment for the benefit of mineral and oil extractors and other profit seekers serves almost exclusively the wealthy.

 

NATIONAL

Trump appointees offer muscular support for oil and gas
Houston Chronicle | Chris Tomlinson

The Trump administration is promising to slap a testosterone patch on the oil and gas industry to help it bend nature and the world to its will. “How do we incentivize American energy dominance? And I choose my words carefully: dominance,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared. “There is a difference in energy independence, and there is a difference in energy dominance. We’re in a position to be dominant. And if we, as a country, want to have national security, and an economy that we all desperately need, then dominance is what America needs.”

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