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Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

The oil spill near Refugio State Beach dealt a financial blow to a handful of businesses with more revenue being lost every day. Although the total impact on Santa Barbara’s $1 billion tourism industry is likely to be offset by increased hotel stays by cleanup crews, there was no sign of relief for those directly Read More →

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Cry grows to stop new oil production in Santa Barbara County

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top 25 lists  /  Comments Off on Cry grows to stop new oil production in Santa Barbara County

The Refugio oil spill cleanup will keep area beaches closed at least until June 4, the number of wildlife affected continues to grow, Canada de Alegria to Coal Oil Point fisheries are off limits and a geyser of negative national media attention has tarnished the region’s pristine reputation. The spill, which was the result of Read More →

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Bigger fines needed to hold oil pipe owners accountable

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Bigger fines needed to hold oil pipe owners accountable

It’s a case of business as usual for Plains All American Pipeline, which owns the pipe that ruptured near Goleta on May 19 and spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of oil. About 21,000 gallons of oil flowed through a storm culvert under Highway 101 into the ocean, blackening area beaches and creating a 10-square-mile oil Read More →

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Fines, cleanup costs climbing for owner of oil pipe that leaked

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Fines, cleanup costs climbing for owner of oil pipe that leaked

The pipeline leak that released more than 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean and soiled 9 miles of Santa Barbara coastline on May 19 will likely result in a $200,000 fine from federal regulators and potentially millions of dollars in cleanup costs and environmental penalties for the pipeline’s operator, Houston-based Plains Pipeline. An investigation Read More →

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Boxer, Feinstein, Markey demand answers over SB County oil spill

By   /  Thursday, May 28th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Boxer, Feinstein, Markey demand answers over SB County oil spill

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and Edward J. Markey, D-MA, on May 28 sent a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration calling for more information about the rupture of a pipeline The senators wrote, “Following one of the most devastating oil spills in California history, we need answers about Read More →

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Oil pipeline owners may face more than fines for Santa Barbara County spill

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Oil pipeline owners may face more than fines for Santa Barbara County spill

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on Friday said her office is actively working with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office and state and federal agencies to investigate the incident.

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Oil firm floundering amid depressed price environment

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Oil firm floundering amid depressed price environment

North American Oil & Gas Corp., a small-time oil and gas company based in Ventura, is barely staying afloat. Since the company’s formation in 2010, NAMG hasn’t produced any revenue and sold it’s only drilled well to a Colorado-based company for a 0.5 percent royalty of any commercial production. However, according to the company’s recent Read More →

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