Local air quality regulators joined the list of petitioners taking legal action against the Southern California Gas Company yesterday.
They allege that negligence has been the cause of the methane leak that began last October. That leak isn’t expected to be contained until the end of February.
The gas utility is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, and according to data at Open Secrets, seven members of congress are shareholders.
Between lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions, the company has spent more than thirty million dollars influencing Washington since 1992.
Dr. Astrid Caldas is the expert on climate change at the Union of Concerned Scientists . 5:53 minutes (5.38 MB)
In November 2015 nine activists blocked transport outside Spectra Energy's facility in an effort to stop work on a natural gas pipeline set to run through New York State. The nine individuals were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for their action. The case is set to go to trial on February 3rd. For more on the groups action and on the upcoming trial KBOO's Jared Dancler spoke with the Montrose 9's attorney, Martin Stolar. 5:50 minutes (5.33 MB)
We look ahead to National Alcohol and Other Drugs Facts Week, which is January 25-31 this year, and we hear about the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem coming up in April. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
This week we discuss new data on youth drug use, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's support for marijuana legalization, and Maine Governor Paul LePage's racist comments about the drug war. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Dangerous water -- dangerous to our health -- has been in the news lately because of what happened in Flint, Michigan. Major polutants of water include pesticides from industrial agriculture. Jeremy Olsen is Assistant Director at the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, and he talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about ways of eliminating pesticides from our land, food, and bodies. 14:20 minutes (9.84 MB)