(This January 23 story has been corrected to change name of owner of Kansas storage facility to ONEOK in paragraph 38) By Nichola Groom (Reuters) - Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, California, utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure. The leaking well’s owner, Southern California Gas Co, warned state utility regulators in 2014 of “major failures” without a rate hike to pay for comprehensive inspections of 229 storage wells. Twenty-six of its wells were “high risk” and should be abandoned - even though they complied with state regulations, the utility wrote in a rate filing.
There has been plenty of kudos for New York City workers battling to clean up from the second most powerful snowstorm - ever. However, there have been pockets where the cleanup hasn't happened . Thousands of impassible snow mounds have left many Queens residents furious.
PARIS (AP) — Paris police fired tear gas and taxi drivers lit bonfires on a major highway Tuesday amid nationwide strikes and protests over working conditions and competition from non-traditional services such as Uber.