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

California's freeze on Aliso gas field use shatters in the cold

SoCal Gas pulled gas from the underground storage field near Porter Ranch for the first time in a year. The field's been closed since a massive well blowout.

Citizen digging triggers proposed ban at Torrance refinery

After an explosion rocked the Torrance Refinery in early 2015, residents used scientific research and public records to raise questions about a dangerous chemical.

How much storm water is LA catching?

In this rainy year, enough water to serve more than a half-million people has already been saved to groundwater storage. But more could be saved

SoCal Gas to remain under AQMD nuisance abatement order

The air quality regulatory board and SoCal Gas agreed the company would provide the "reasonable" costs of a health study, but the company has not funded the inquiry.

Aliso Canyon could reopen without answers on well failure

Some families have been pressing public officials to keep the field closed, saying that any reopening talks should wait until the cause of the well break is known.

Did Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council official misspend funds?

The group's treasurer resigned and reimbursed the city more than $27,000 to cover expenditures the L.A. City Clerk found questionable.

Proposed federal water bill would streamline new dam projects

A far-reaching bill proposed by a Central California Republican congressman could strip away the regulations and requirements that make dam construction a decades-long process.

Gov. Brown to name new supervisor following Benoit's death

Benoit served as a Riverside County Supervisor, representing the Palm Springs area, for seven years. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just last month.

Private power line sparked Lake Isabella's Erskine Fire

Federal officials will take over the investigation and determine who, if anybody, might be saddled with financial responsibility or even criminal charges

Did consumers save enough natural gas during the recent cold snap?

Turn your thermostat to 68 degrees to avert a possible shortage of natural gas, SoCal Gas told consumers. But did they? And if they did, did it help?

ExxonMobil CEO's legacy of SoCal environmental mishaps

The company's operation of the Torrance Refinery drew millions of dollars in fines for excessive flaring, and an investigation into a February 2015 explosion continues.

LA gives trash haulers exclusive turf in 7-way split

The era when four dozen trash haulers compete for commercial clients is over. Soon just seven companies will be cutting up the L.A. garbage pie.

Surprise sewer break accelerates other repairs in the pipeline

The 87-year-old sewer that collapsed, sending millions of gallons of sewage into the L.A. River, failed two years before it was to be repaired.

Turf wars: Local schools got problematic artificial grass

More than 70 local schools, parks and private playgrounds got artificial turf that a lawsuit says deteriorated long before its warranty expired.

LA Supervisor Sheila Kuehl appears headed to air quality board

The liberal supervisor would replace conservative Supervisor Michael Antonovich on the AQMD board, potentially tilting the agency away from business-friendly regulations.