California gas leak spotlights shoddy regulation of nation aging underground infrastructure

Reuters: Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, 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......

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