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's air quality agency gets a new pollution regulator

The Air Quality Management District named former EPA administrator Wayne Nastri as acting chief of the group after the board ousted its long time leader.

SoCal Gas pushes back against state methane off-set plan

The gas company squares off against state air regulators over how to measure the escaped methane from the Aliso Canyon leak. At stake is tens of millions of dollars.

LA wants apartment builders to pay for parks

The builders of single-family homes and condos pay thousands in city fees to build new parks, but those who build apartments in LA don't. That could change soon.

Why the Porter Ranch gas leak could turn off SoCal's power

The near-shutdown of Aliso Canyon after it leaked means challenges getting gas to power plants this summer. A plan is being worked on to ration natural gas.

Regulators can only fine stealthy gas leakers $75K

California's oil and gas supervisor fined Termo Company the maximum, but we still don't know when the leak began or how much gas spewed into the air.

Hurry up and help poor people, California tells utilities

The biggest gas and power utilities have $248 million to help low-income households get energy-efficient appliances. California wants them to spend it already.

Second gas leak was discovered at Porter Ranch

Oil company fined $75,000 for venting methane amid SoCal Gas' Porter Ranch gas leak. Scientists flying over the Porter Ranch gas leak discovered the sneaky leak

Torrance refinery sees flareup after brief power outage

ExxonMobil said a power outage at its Torrance refinery caused an unplanned flareup starting at about 6:15 p.m.

Weaker AQMD smog rules under attack by state, environmentalists

The regional air quality board is being sued after it ditched the plan its staff wrote and adopted one favored by the oil industry.

Are 'superbugs' putting ocean swimmers at risk?

Local sewage plants say its unlikely they are discharging deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria called CRE into the ocean, but it's not something they test for.

AQMD board fires executive after 18 years

The board shifted to a Republican majority last year, signaling a potential change in philosophy that some say is more focused on business interests and less on air pollution.

AQMD's longtime chief could be ousted by new GOP majority

A new Republican majority on the board will consider firing the air quality board's top executive in a closed-door meeting this Friday.

LADWP braces for gas shortages this summer

When gas supplies run short, as they are expected to this summer, big gas-burning power plants could be among the first users to be cut off.

SoCal Gas posts higher earnings despite gas leak costs

The bill to deal with the leaking gas well is at $330 million and counting, but SoCal Gas is relying on a billion dollar insurance policy to cover the cost

Temporary outdoor watering ban to begin in Pasadena, Altadena

A MWD water plant has been taken offline for an upgrade, so a few local water retailers won't have access to supplies