Category Archives: Drilling or Mining

Refugio State Beach set to reopen, two months after oil spill

Officials toured the beach Thursday and cleared it to reopen July 17 Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2015 Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County will reopen to the public next week, two months after a pipeline … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara oil spill: Pipeline operator has long record of problems

Plains Pipeline, whose oil pipe ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has high rate of safety infractions Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2015 Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in … Continue reading

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Officials assess damage from big oil spill on Santa Barbara County coast

Cleanup effort of 21,000-gallon oil spill continues off Santa Barbara County coast Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2015 Cleanup crews on Wednesday began the delicate process of removing oil from fouled beaches after a 21,000-gallon oil … Continue reading

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California issues proposed rules for ‘fracking’

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration proposes rules that would require more disclosure from oil companies in the state that employ hydraulic fracturing, also known as ‘fracking.’ Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2012 SACRAMENTO — Under … Continue reading

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CBO drilling revenue projection differs with industry estimates

A Congressional Budget Office report finds that opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other federal land would bring modest federal revenues, despite more optimistic projections by the oil and gas industry. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, … Continue reading

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‘Fracking’ oil extraction method widely used in California with little oversight

Regulators and lawmakers know very little about how and where oil companies employ hydraulic fracturing in the state. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2012 Energy companies across California are injecting a mysterious mix of chemicals … Continue reading

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Obama administration approves 20-year ban on new mining claims near Grand Canyon

Source of this article: The Associated Press, January 10, 2012 The Obama administration is banning new hard rock mining on more than a million acres near the Grand Canyon, an area known to be rich in high-grade uranium ore reserves. … Continue reading

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Capping an era of L.A. oil exploration

Long-abandoned wells on the Los Angeles City Oil Field, which sparked Southern California’s oil boom 120 years ago, are being sealed to make way for a 45-unit affordable housing project. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, January 9, … Continue reading

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Natural gas: Cheap, clean and risky

Natural gas has a key role in our energy future, but it must be handled with care. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2012 (Op-Ed) By Hal Harvey Political leaders from both parties argue that natural … Continue reading

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Landowners left out of the loop on ‘fracking’ risks

Natural gas companies that use hydraulic fracturing disclose the risks, such as leaks, spills and explosions, to shareholders, but property owners aren’t privy, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, … Continue reading

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