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Agencies should release oil pipeline information

By   /  Friday, December 11th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Federal regulators should stop dragging their heels and release requested information about the oil pipelines that run through the Tri-Counties immediately. Business Times staff writer Alex Kacik reports in this issue that the Environmental Defense Center has filed a lawsuit against the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, alleging that the agency is refusing Read More →

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Environmentalists sue regulators for not releasing info on tri-county oil pipelines

By   /  Tuesday, December 8th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Environmentalists sue regulators for not releasing info on tri-county oil pipelines

  Environmental groups have filed lawsuits against federal regulators for allegedly refusing to release information regarding oil pipelines in the Tri-Counties. The Environmental Defense Center and Santa Barbara Channelkeepers sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on May 22. PHMSA has yet to fulfill the FOIA requests, Read More →

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Federal agency proposes tougher pipeline safety rules

By   /  Friday, October 9th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Federal agency proposes tougher pipeline safety rules

The federal body governing pipeline safety has proposed new regulations that will change how oil and gas pipelines are operated, inspected and maintained. Some of the rule proposals include requiring that all pipelines have a system for detecting leaks and establishing a timeline for pipeline inspections following a storm or natural disaster. The Pipeline and 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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Letter: Local governments should be commended for efforts to mitigate fracking threats

By   /  Friday, March 15th, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Letter: Local governments should be commended for efforts to mitigate fracking threats

Dear Editor: The opening sentences in the Business Times’ March 1 editorial on the oil recovery technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” (“Let California set the stage on fracking rules”) would be more appropriately posed as questions: Fracking here? Fracking there? Fracking everywhere? In California, no one but the oil industry knows the answers Read More →

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