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‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on ‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

Plains All American Pipeline, the Houston-based company responsible for the oil spill near Refugio Beach on May 19, should stop the bullshit. Plains’ aversion to providing honest answers about the spill was on full display June 26 at a joint oversight hearing by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Select Committee on the Read More →

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Refugio oil spill pinches tri-county small businesses

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill pinches tri-county small businesses

Jamie Diamond is thrilled that the region’s fishing ban has been lifted but her sportfishing business is still reeling from the Refugio oil spill. Diamond has owned and operated Santa Barbara-based Stardust Sportfishing with her husband Jason for the past 20 years. They take private charters and open parties of tourists and local regulars fishing Read More →

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Refugio oil spill cleanup costs near $100 million

By   /  Saturday, June 27th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill cleanup costs near $100 million

Patrick Hodgins, director of safety and security for Plains All American Pipeline, answers questions about the Refugio oil spill at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors hearing room Friday. (Alex Kacik)

  Plains All American Pipeline estimates that the cleanup of the oil spill near Refugio Beach has cost $96 million thus far, but the economic and environmental consequences may be more difficult to quantify. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee and Senate Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill held a joint oversight hearing at the Read More →

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Plains All American Pipeline faces class action lawsuit by property owners over Refugio oil spill

By   /  Thursday, June 25th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Plains All American Pipeline faces class action lawsuit by property owners over Refugio oil spill

Litigation over the May 19 Plains All American Pipeline spill off the Gaviota Coast gained a powerful combatant on June 24 when former Santa Barbara City Attorney Barry Cappello said he’d filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 3,000 property owners from Point Conception to the Mexico border. Capello’s lawsuit comes as tar balls Read More →

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Plains has spent more than $60 million on Refugio oil spill cleanup

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Energy, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Plains has spent more than $60 million on Refugio oil spill cleanup

Plains All American Pipeline, the company responsible for spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil on the Gaviota Coast, said Friday it has spent more than $60 million on clean up efforts to date. There is no timeline on how long it will take to call the response complete, but the most recent update from Read More →

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Jail time unlikely for Plains executives

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Jail time unlikely for Plains executives

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Central Coast economy depends on politicians, Plains making it right

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Central Coast economy depends on politicians, Plains making it right

When it comes to oil and politics, the conventional wisdom has been that Central Coast politicians can’t overplay their hands in expressing outrage over environmental issues. That conventional wisdom is about to get a major test. Already a parade of elected officials has toured the damage wrought by the May 19 oil spill that made Read More →

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