Is California’s Infrastructure Safe?

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Two years ago, Southern California Gas asked state officials to approve a rate hike. The gas company said it needed to increase rates to conduct safety inspections of existing natural gas wells. Wells in four storage fields were deteriorating -- including its Aliso Canyon facility near Porter Ranch. Of course, we all know what happened there. A massive gas leak led to the evacuation of thousands of residents before it was finally capped last month. The wells weren’t fixed. The gas company is still waiting on that rate increase request. So who’s to blame -- the gas company or the regulators? And which regulators? There is a maze of agencies that oversees our infrastructure, which is deteriorating. Can the public trust that state agencies are doing what they need to to protect Californians?

Credits

Guests:
Paige St. John - investigative reporter for The LA Times, and host of “Man in the Window” - @paigestjohn, Jamie Court - President of Consumer Watchdog - @consumerwd

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher