Category Archives: Santa Barbara County

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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Wildlife officer keeps watch over open spaces

Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 9, 2014 Dennis Rosenberg stood a discreet distance from a group of men fishing along the shore of the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. He watched them through his binoculars for … Continue reading

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Defense Department becomes a wildlife protector

The military is working with environmental groups and local governments to create buffer zones around bases where development threatened to encroach on combat training. It’s been a conservation boon. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2013 … Continue reading

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Juggling chain saws not allowed

Source of this article: The Condor Call, journal of the Los Padres chapter of the Sierra Club, October-November 2012 By James Paxton “Be here at the office at 7:30 a.m. sharp. A minute late and you don’t work.” Coming from … Continue reading

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Bill would keep controversial ‘no-otter zone’ in place

The bill, backed by House Republicans, would retain the zone south of Point Conception until wildlife officials develop a plan ensuring that the threatened marine mammals and endangered abalone recover and that the commercial shellfish harvest stays at current levels. … Continue reading

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Mountain biker dies on trail near Santa Barbara

Source of this article: The Condor Call, Journal of Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club, April/May 2012 By Lynn P. Kirst Montecito’s beautiful, but sometimes treacherous, front country trails proved deadly once again, when mountain biker Matthew Bruce Sanborn, 42, lost … Continue reading

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A line around Zaca blaze

After 2 months, officials declare it contained. The second-largest fire in state history has burned 375 square miles and injured 44 firefighters. Source of this article – Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2007 Firefighters finally declared victory over the Zaca … Continue reading

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