A landmark bill regulating hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is expected to win final approval in the state Senate on Thursday. Governor Jerry Brown says he will sign it into law, but the state’s major environmental groups no longer support the bill.
Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation headed to the governor’s desk.
An evacuation order was lifted and roads mostly reopened Wednesday afternoon after a gas line that was accidentally ruptured by a construction crew Wednesday morning in Alamo was capped.
Deregulation of the energy industry allows California consumers a chance to shop around for gas and electricity providers. But consumers should watch out for pressure tactics to switch.
The utility responsible for a deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno said Friday that the record $2.25 billion in fines being sought by state regulators is illegally excessive, but did not offer a specific dollar figure it considers reasonable.
Residents of more than a dozen homes in East San Jose were evacuated for four hours today after PG&E crews accidentally ruptured a plastic natural gas pipe, a utility spokesman said.
More than two and a half years after a pipeline explosion killed eight people in San Bruno, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Tuesday it has made sure that all of its gas transmission lines coursing through urban areas are running at safe operating pressures.
An underground gas line near the driveway of a Berkeley home was punctured by a worker doing excavation on Tuesday, causing a fire that burned the front of the home and a van parked outside.
Two Danville schools were sheltering in place as fire and PG&E crews investigated the source of a natural gas odor reported in the area, a San Ramon Valley Fire District spokeswoman said.
The federal government has approved a $1 million grant that Bay Area air quality regulators hope will simplify the process for companies interested in vehicle fleets that run on hydrogen and natural gas.