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South Coast legislators push for more oil pipe oversight, quicker spill response

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on South Coast legislators push for more oil pipe oversight, quicker spill response

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Refugio oil spill claims can be submitted Saturday at Elks Lodge

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill claims can be submitted Saturday at Elks Lodge

Plains All American Pipeline representatives will be at a community open house about the Refugio oil spill response from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge at 150 N. Kellogg Ave. in Santa Barbara. The company is actively addressing claims as they are received, according to Patrick Hodgins, senior director of safety Read More →

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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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Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

As the tri-county region has emerged from the Great Recession, travel and tourism loom larger and larger on the economic landscape, with Memorial Day as the traditional kick off to the region’s peak season. In San Luis Obispo County, rebounding travel and tourism, plus the burgeoning solar industry, are key drivers of new jobs. Visit Read More →

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Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the 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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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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