Author Archives: Ingrid Lobet

Ingrid Lobet
Ingrid Lobet is a reporter at inewsource specializing in the environment. To contact her with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email ingridlobet@inewsource.org.
El Cajon family endures months, possibly years of toxic indoor air

El Cajon family endures months, possibly years of toxic indoor air

Alex and Vicki Masters are devoted parents. Their 8-year-old son Vincent has his own area of the living room for his Lego bricks, and a baby gate keeps his 8-month-old brother, Gabriel, away from the small choking hazards. The baby can crawl across a brightly blanketed room, all under the gaze of his brother and stay-at-home dad. Eight months ago, ... Read More »

Company offers air testing to all El Cajon mobile home residents

Company offers air testing to all El Cajon mobile home residents

Ametek, Inc. is offering to test the air in any home in the three mobile home communities located over an increasingly high profile chemical plume that runs underground through part of El Cajon. The company is among those responsible for disposing of waste chemicals from a manufacturing site decades ago, and is now the sole responsible party. Another, Ketema Aerospace, ... Read More »

Sempra VP surprises, says 100 percent renewable grid is possible now

Sempra VP surprises, says 100 percent renewable grid is possible now

A vice president with Sempra Energy, one of the nation’s largest utilities, made a stunning admission to a roomful of gas and oil executives this week: there is no technical impediment to California getting all of its energy from renewables – now. In simple terms, this means all power could come from sources like wind, solar and hydro without reliance ... Read More »

Tests reveal vapors entered homes in El Cajon

Tests reveal vapors entered homes in El Cajon

Vapors from a dangerous chemical that runs underground in El Cajon have seeped into people’s homes, new air testing shows, contrary to what some residents were led to expect when they learned of the plume last October. In some homes, people may have breathed the gas for years or even decades. State officials offered 19 households in the Starlight Mobile ... Read More »

Epic fight over diesel pollution and California’s future clean air authority

Epic fight over diesel pollution and California’s future clean air authority

Governor Jerry Brown swore last December that if the federal government stopped collecting crucial climate data, the Golden State would launch its own satellite. Repeatedly since then California leaders have vowed to continue their pursuit of clean air and climate progress, no matter how the Trump administration proceeds. The state has long cut a separate path from the federal government, ... Read More »

U.S. natural gas to Mexico skyrockets, now some worry about dependence

U.S. natural gas to Mexico skyrockets, now some worry about dependence

Drug tunnels are not the only passageways beneath the U.S.-Mexico border that transport valuable cargo. Pipelines cross the boundary too, carrying natural gas south. This trade is up 300 percent since 2010, and now is set to double again by 2019. It’s the largest natural gas export capacity expansion in U.S. history, said Victoria Zaretskaya of the U.S. Energy Information ... Read More »

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