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

SoCal Gas asks California to reopen its Porter Ranch storage field

But three local politicians say "not so fast." Before the field reopens, they want to know why one well ruptured, causing a massive leak of natural gas.

Culver City, Newport Beach to sue FAA over new flight paths

The two cities will contest the environmental assessments that concluded the new flight routes would not significantly increase noise over homes.

Torrance Refinery agrees on step to reduce flaring

The refinery agrees in principle to upgrade its local power supply. That could keep it online during local blackouts, avoiding the need to flare off excess toxic gas.

An experiment to smooth over LA's worst streets

The city has a longstanding policy of fixing good streets and leaving the bad, but a new material made of ground up tires could be an interim repair.

How the Aliso Canyon gas blowout continues to affect LA

The region's energy security, its trust in its gas provider, and relationships among neighbors have been altered by the nation's largest natural gas leak

Porter Ranch residents try intervening in gas leak plea deal

The $4 million deal prosecutors cut with SoCal Gas cut out residents' claims for restitution, their lawyer says. They are challenging the agreement.

Santa Monica Airport businesses challenge eviction by city

Two companies that sell aviation fuel, rent hangar space and operate flight schools complained to the FAA that the city was illegally trying to oust them.

LA's clean tech incubator has new downtown campus

Startup companies can rent inexpensive workspace and meeting rooms and get access to a network of experts at the La Kretz Innovation Campus.

Cities brace for more jet noise

New flight paths in and out of Southern California airports will produce some winners who get less noise and some losers who will get more.

Will downtown freeways be lit up like the Vegas strip?

A new state law transfers control over freeway-facing billboards to the city, putting City Council members in charge of the local scenery

LA's graveyard running path about to be duplicated

The rubberized track around Evergreen Cemetery was an early case study in how small changes in the built environment can pay big health and wellness dividends.

Not your typical city oil and gas watchdog

Sure, Uduak-Joe Ntuk worked in the the oil and gas industry, but he's also worked with environmental groups and been tutored by Al Gore.

Santa Monica evicts private airport operators

Two companies that rent office space, manage airplane hangers and sell jet fuel must leave in 30 days as the city plans to take over — and possibly limit — operations.

New flight paths are set to remake SoCal's airspace noise map

As satellites take over from ground-based navigation systems, today's broad flight paths will narrow — and some will get a concentrated dose of aircraft noise.

SoCal Gas hope fades to reopen Aliso gas field this summer

The company's timeline slips as regulatory approvals, a public hearing and possible objections over resuming operations remain