Sharon McNary

Infrastructure Correspondent

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Infrastructure is what we build together to make life better (and the things that break). My role is to reveal the often-surprising and important systems that make life possible in and around L.A.

Stories by Sharon McNary

State Horse Racing Board Could Get More Power Under New Bill

After two more horses died at Santa Anita Park over the weekend, state regulators wanted to suspend racing during an investigation, but the park declined. A proposed law could change that.

Horse Deaths At Santa Anita Aren't New, The Protests Are

Animal rights advocates want an eventual state ban on horse racing.

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Continues On For Thousands Of Plaintiffs

Attorneys for alleged victims of the nation’s largest-ever natural gas leak spoke to reporters today in Porter Ranch, near the site of the 2015 disaster at the Aliso Canyon gas storage field.

Trail Angels Ease Epic Journeys Along The Pacific Crest Trail

Some offer a cold soda, or a free ride between trailhead and town. But some Trail Angels actually offer long-distance hikers free lodging and other services at their own homes. One of the best-known outposts is Hiker Heaven in Agua Dulce.

For Porter Ranch Firefighters And Thousands Of Others, The Aliso Gas Leak Is Not Over

More than 48,000 plaintiffs have filed about 400 lawsuits against SoCal Gas seeking compensation for alleged physical and financial damage.

How LADWP Uses Two Lakes To Store Energy Like A Giant Battery

It involves using the excess wind and solar power L.A.'s renewable energy sites produce during the day to pump water from Castaic Lake uphill 7.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. Then, late in the day, when the sun goes down and the city's energy demand spikes, the water gets run downhill through hydroelectric generators at Castaic Lake.

LA cut its carbon footprint from city operations by 40% since 2008.

A full 95 percent of the emissions savings was from power generation, by cutting out a coal plant.

$8 million fine on SoCal Gas in billing fiasco could mean $100 credits for thousands of customers

The California Public Utilities Commission ordered bill credits for customers whose bills were excessively delayed.

LA is proposing its own Green New Deal — and it involves a lot of zeros

The proposal calls for the creation of as many as 300,000 new jobs to build and support cleaner forms of energy.

The environmental disaster that shook L.A.'s reliance on natural gas

The nation’s largest-ever gas leak poured 100,000 metric tons of methane from the Aliso Canyon gas storage field into the atmosphere. The 2015 blowout near Porter Ranch has cost Southern California Gas Company more than one billion dollars, and generated lawsuits from thousands of plaintiffs, many who say they were sickened by the gas.

The nuclear cleanup at San Onofre isn't moving fast enough, congressmen say

Nuclear waste cleanup at the San Onofre nuclear power plant has been on hold since last summer after a mishap involving a 50-ton container of radioactive material.

New Edison tree-trimming campaign to reduce fire risk is getting local pushback

When work crews hired by Southern California Edison cut back the canopy of shade trees in unincorporated Altadena last month, many residents of the foothill community were angered that their trees were left unsightly and mangled.

Report finds SoCal Edison power lines caused Thomas Fire. What happens now?

The Ventura County Fire Department has determined that power lines were the cause of the Thomas Fire that ravaged the area in December 2017.

SoCal Edison power lines found to have caused the Thomas Fire

The fire started amid high winds that caused parallel power lines to slap into each other, creating an electrical arc that ignited flammable bits of molten aluminum on the ground, which then ignited dry vegetation.

Many Edison customers will start seeing a new power provider on their electricty bills

Nearly one million Southern California Edison customers have been opted into something called the Clean Power Alliance, agovernment entity that can buy power directly on the open energy market and ship it to consumers on existing Edison power lines.