Sacramento, California - The California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop to discuss drought-related land subsidence and the effect it may have on oil and natural gas infrastructure.

Because of the drought, there has been a substantial increase in groundwater extraction from unprecedented depths, and that has accelerated the subsidence of land in some areas. The rapidly subsiding land could potentially pose a threat to natural gas and oil pipelines and wells, natural gas storage systems, aqueducts and other facilities. PG&E recently said about 50 miles of its natural gas pipelines could potentially be impacted by sinking land.

What: Workshop discussions will examine ways to better anticipate impact, coordinate future research activities and develop corrective measures for dealing with subsidence issues.

mbrecht Hearing Room, 1516 Ninth St., Sacramento Tuesday, November 10, 1 p.m.

Various speakers including Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller

More information, and instructions for participating remotely, can be found in the workshop notice.