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Elizabeth Douglass

Elizabeth Douglass writes about energy for InsideClimate News. She worked for more than two decades as a business writer at daily newspapers, including a ten-year stint at the Los Angeles Times, where she spent the last half of her tenure covering energy. Her stories followed developments in the oil market, alternative fuels, and renewable energy, and exposed long-running performance problems at California's San Onofre nuclear power plant. She also chronicled how a power company falsified data to win customer-funded performance bonuses and how oil refiners and others in California created one of the nation’s most profitable fuel markets.

While covering telecommunications, she was the first to report financial sleight-of-hand at fiber network company Global Crossing, and uncovered Pacific Bell's boiler room-style sale of add-on features. At the San Diego Union-Tribune, she co-wrote an investigative series on government contractor Science Applications International Corp. that was a finalist for the 1996 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

You can reach her by email at elizabeth.douglass@insideclimatenews.org

Articles

Exxon to Reopen Ruptured Arkansas Pipeline, but Cause of Its Failure Remains Unknown

Apr 1 , 2014
Exxon laid out its intentions Monday to reopen the 650-mile northern section of the Pegasus, saying the investigation into the Arkansas spill is complete.

One Year After Exxon's Arkansas Spill, 8 Crucial Questions Still Unanswered

Mar 28 , 2014
What caused Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline to split apart while the line was running well below maximum pressure? It's still anyone's guess.

Keeping Secrets Has Been Exxon's Default in Ark. Oil Spill Case

Mar 28 , 2014
From the time Exxon's Pegasus ruptured one year ago, there have been difficulties with getting spill-related information to the public.

Exxon, PHMSA Withholding Key Documents on Pegasus Pipeline as Restart Nears

Mar 25 , 2014
Residents have been left in the dark about whether the Texas leg of the idled Pegasus has been made safe. The 211-mile segment could reopen this week.

U.S. Propane Shortage Provides Lessons For Debate Over Oil and Gas Exports

Mar 10 , 2014
Supply troubles foreshadow the kinds of ramifications Americans could face if natural gas exports get accelerated or the oil export ban is lifted.

The Oil Industry's Fight to Kill Renewable Fuels—and Why It May Win

Feb 10 , 2014
For all its faults, the Renewable Fuels Standard is the only federal policy that is steadily eroding the oil industry's de facto monopoly on motor fuels.

Does Keystone XL Have a Place in the Oil-by-Rail Safety Debate?

Jan 17 , 2014
ANALYSIS: The realities of the oil market make it clear that even if the Keystone and similar pipelines were operating, they would not be supplanting rail.

Exxon Gets Extension for Pipeline Repair Plan, Key Questions Still Unanswered

Jan 7 , 2014
After nine months, there's still no discussion of what actually caused the Pegasus pipeline to split apart and spill oil across an Ark. community.