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Oil spill claims process will likely be long, ugly legal battle

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news, Law, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Oil spill claims process will likely be long, ugly legal battle

Plains All American Pipeline is taking a page straight out of BP’s oil spill response playbook, according  to at least one attorney with firsthand experience in oil spill litigation. Thomas Young, a Tampa-based attorney who went to work trying to secure claims for clients in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, told the 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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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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Texas oil company linked to spill off Gaviota coast

By   /  Tuesday, May 19th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Texas oil company linked to spill off Gaviota coast

The company that reportedly was involved in the May 19 oil spill off the Gaviota coast is a large Houston-based master limited partnership that operates nearly 18,000 miles of pipeline in the U.S. The company, Plains All American Pipeline, also operates a number of processing facilities and is organized as a so-called master limited partnership Read More →

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