The facility’s primary purpose is to generate electricity to a power plant owned by a company that runs a large coal-fired power plant in Kern County, California.
The Kern County power plant is currently running a coal-burning power plant and produces electricity to power two other power plants in the county.
According to the Kern County Power Authority, it is not known what role the power plant will play for the company that owns the gas pipeline that carries gas to the plant, or what role that pipeline might play in the power system.
A separate report released earlier this month by the state of California found that the Kern power plant was emitting a higher amount of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions than it was capturing and storing.
The gas pipeline was supposed to be installed in 2015, but was not completed until 2018.
In its 2018 environmental impact report, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection noted that it had “little or no monitoring” of the pipeline.
The state also noted that the gas leak could have been prevented had the pipeline been properly maintained and had the gas company paid a $2 million fine.
Kern Power Authority spokeswoman Mary Beth Hinkle said the power company had been advised by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEP) that the pipeline had a leak and that it should be inspected and repaired.
The DEP did not respond to an inquiry from the Center for Public Integrity.
A representative for the DEP told the Center that they do not have a full and complete review of the environmental impact.
The pipeline was installed in 2003, and the power station is one of five in Kern counties, according to the DEEP.
The power station’s owner, California Gas & Electric (CGE), has been a leader in building natural gas pipelines, according a report published by the Center in 2015.
In 2014, CGE was awarded a contract by the DOE to build and operate an existing natural gas pipeline across Kern County to bring natural gas to Southern California.
CGE had previously partnered with the Southern California Edison Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Company.
The two companies began operating their natural gas lines in Kern in 2015 under a contract awarded by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
According the report, in a 2013 agreement, the DOE provided a $5.3 million grant to CGE for the project.
A second project that the Department awarded to CTE Energy, a California-based utility, is still pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.
CTE has not commented on the reports about the pipeline leak.
CKE &.; Johnson has not responded to requests for comment.