By Linda Krop On Sept. 29, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission will consider ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart its three platforms offshore from Gaviota and truck its oil along highways 101 (to Santa Maria) and 166 (to Pentland, in Kern County). Last year, the county planning staff recommended against allowing tanker trucks on the windy Read More →
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Updated on Nov. 18 at 12 p.m.: The Center for Biological Diversity sued the federal government for permitting offshore fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel and along the California Coast, alleging that it did not perform a proper environmental assessment. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Nov. 15, seeks a court Read More →
By Owen Bailey There is nothing anti-business about insisting on clean water. Our tri-county region can reasonably be considered the birthplace of our country’s modern environmental movement. After the tragic blowout from offshore oil Platform A in January 1969, the Santa Barbara Channel became the poster child for irresponsible environmental practices and the devastation that Read More →
General Magnaplate California is closing its Ventura facility, the company announced on April 15. Difficult California business conditions and the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Defense Center forced the closure, the company said. General Magnaplate has made reinforced parts used in the aerospace, transportation, medical, oil and other industries for 36 years. “After 36 successful Read More →
The Environmental Defense Center and Santa Barbara law firm Keller Rohrback reached a settlement with General Magnaplate California to address alleged Clean Water Act violations stemming from storm water runoff generated by its Ventura electroplating facility. General Magnaplate, which has made reinforced parts used in the aerospace, transportation, medical, oil and other industries for more than 30 Read More →
The Environmental Defense Center is suing the California Resources Corporation for allegedly contaminating Ventura waterways with polluted storm water runoff. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on April 5, claims CRC violated the Clean Water Act at its 5,757-acre South Mountain oil field, where it conducts oil exploration and development activities near the city Read More →