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San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

California Lawmakers Approve New Rules For Fracking

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.

09/11/2013

A gas leak in Alamo prompted evacuations. (CBS)

Alamo Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations

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.

07/24/2013

Commerce Energy. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: New Bay Area Energy Firm Draws Complaints

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.

06/20/2013

A worker surveys a burned home near the epicenter of the gas line explosion that devastated a neighborhood in San Bruno. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

PG&E Calls $2.25 Billion Fine For San Bruno Blast Excessive

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.

05/24/2013

(CBS)

Gas Line Break Forces Hours Of Evacuations In San Jose

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.

04/18/2013

A chimney is all that remains at a burned home near the epicenter of the gas line explosion that devastated a neighborhood in San Bruno. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

PG&E Reports Progress On Safety Following San Bruno Blast

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.

03/26/2013

(CBS)

Worker Punctures Gas Line, Sparking Fire In Berkeley

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.

03/12/2013

(Adam Jan/AFP/Getty Images)

2 Danville Schools Sheltering In Place Due To Gas Odor

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.

12/12/2012

A power cable from a vehicle charging station is seen plugged into the side of a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid August 25, 2010 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Federal Grant To Help Bay Area Companies Use Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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.

12/06/2012

(CBS)

Dublin Target Store, Nearby Restaurant Evacuated Due To Gas Leak

A Dublin Target store and a nearby restaurant were evacuated Monday morning because of a gas leak, an Alameda County fire official said.

11/12/2012

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