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Tri-Counties shedding fossil fuels industries

By   /  Friday, October 14th, 2016  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Tri-Counties shedding fossil fuels industries

The Tri-Counties is moving away from its legacy of fossil fuels industries. The pace of that move and managing the cost of leaving oil and gas operations behind will say a lot about the region’s future prosperity. The Tri-Counties edged further away from fossil fuels on Oct. 5 when the San Luis Obispo County Planning Read More →

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Brown vetoes bill to cap abandoned oil wells along coast

By   /  Thursday, October 6th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Brown vetoes bill to cap abandoned oil wells along coast

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would’ve capped abandoned oil wells along the California Coast. SB 900, authored by Santa Barbara Democrat Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, would’ve required the analysis of some 220 abandoned wells along the coast and capped the biggest leakers. This bill would’ve transferred $500,000 from the General Fund to the Land Read More →

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Phillips 66’s crude-by-rail proposal denied

By   /  Thursday, October 6th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Phillips 66’s crude-by-rail proposal denied

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission denied Phillips 66’s proposal to expand its crude-by-rail operations on the Nipomo Mesa. The commissioners voted 3-2 against the project, which involves building a rail spur that would connect its refinery to Union Pacific’s major interstate railroad so it can import tar sands crude from Canada and other Read More →

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NRG moves forward with Oxnard power plant site

By   /  Friday, September 30th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on NRG moves forward with Oxnard power plant site

Despite a recent setback from the California Coastal Commission, Houston-based NRG Energy is pressing ahead with plans to build a new power plant along the Oxnard coast. If built, the company claims construction of the facility could have an economic impact of at least $93 million on the region. But the California Coastal Commission handed Read More →

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Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure not a done deal

By   /  Friday, September 30th, 2016  /  Central Coast, Education, Energy, left, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure not a done deal

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Mayors deserve a say in Diablo Canyon closure

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2016  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Mayors deserve a say in Diablo Canyon closure

Cities that form the heart of the San Luis Obispo County economy should not become collateral damage as PG&E works out a plan to shutter the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant. On Sept. 15, the mayors of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Paso Robles and Pismo Beach took what they called an “unprecedented Read More →

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Venoco offers early end to offshore oil drilling if it can drill more now

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2016  /  Energy, left  /  Comments Off on Venoco offers early end to offshore oil drilling if it can drill more now

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