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Fiftieth Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill is a Reminder of Urgent Need to Protect Communities from the Dangers of Drilling

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill is a Reminder of Urgent Need to Protect Communities from the Dangers of Drilling

  by Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino Plans to drill 768 new wells in Santa Barbara County put families at risk Fifty years after the Santa Barbara oil spill, local community environmental organizations are still fighting the threat posed by the expansion of both onshore and offshore drilling. On January 28, 1969 a Union Oil Co. drilling […]

The Keystone pipeline just spilled another 210,000 gallons of oil

The Keystone pipeline just spilled another 210,000 gallons of oil

Here’s what you need to know about the situation in South Dakota. A pumping station on the Keystone pipeline in Nebraska. shannonpatrick71 Sometime before 6 a.m. local time, operators noticed that pressure had dropped in a pipeline capable of pumping 590,000 barrels of crude oil products every day from Canada down to the Gulf Coast.

Oil spill in Hall Canyon north of Ventura — Updated

Oil spill in Hall Canyon north of Ventura — Updated

A press conference was held at 12noon today at the San Buenaventura State Beach parking lot, 901 San Pedro Street regarding the crude oil pipeline spill in Hall Canyon, Ventura. There are no evacuations and no health risks to the community. At 5:30a.m. today a crude oil spill was reported in the city of Ventura […]

Venoco files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Venoco files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Pacific Coast Business Times . Venoco, the Denver-based oil and gas company with substantial operations in the tri-county region, has filed a pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy after agreeing with lenders to slash $1 billion in debt.   Venoco said March 18 that it reached an agreement with its senior lenders on a restructuring agreement. The […]

Local activist comments on oil spill reportage

Local activist comments on oil spill reportage

By George Miller “The surface of the sea, which was perfectly smooth and tranquil, was covered with a thick, slimy substance . . . the light breeze, which came principally from the shore, brought with it a strong smell of tar, or some such resinous substance. The next morning the sea had the appearance of […]

Local beaches open- tar balls normal

Local beaches open- tar balls normal

By George Miller Since the Refugio oil spill, there have been millions of words written, alarms sounded, politicians moaning- and that’s good. We don’t want oil spills fouling our waters and wish to avoid recurrences. But, has this gone “overboard?” Although the spill was significant, even the largest in SoCal nearly a half century, it was […]