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Santa Barbara may add legal muscle for claims against oil spill pipeline operator

By   /  Thursday, July 16th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara may add legal muscle for claims against oil spill pipeline operator

The city of Santa Barbara is looking to add some legal muscle as battle lines are drawn against its behemoth foe, Plains All American Pipeline. City Attorney Ariel Calonne, in a statement released July 16, is recommending that the Santa Barbara City Council retain special legal counsel to assist as co-counsel in preparing and pursuing Read More →

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No alternative to Plains pipeline monopoly

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on No alternative to Plains pipeline monopoly

Despite  controversy and allegations of lax oversight and maintenance of the Plains All American pipeline that ruptured and tainted the Gaviota coastline, experts say the oil pipeline is here to stay. Like it or not, research shows that pipelines are still the safest and most environmentally friendly way to transport oil. A 2013 report on Read More →

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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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