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Brown vetoes bill to cap abandoned oil wells along coast

By   /  Thursday, October 6th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Brown vetoes bill to cap abandoned oil wells along coast

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would’ve capped abandoned oil wells along the California Coast. SB 900, authored by Santa Barbara Democrat Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, would’ve required the analysis of some 220 abandoned wells along the coast and capped the biggest leakers. This bill would’ve transferred $500,000 from the General Fund to the Land Read More →

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Brown signs bill to cap idle oil, gas wells

By   /  Friday, September 9th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Brown signs bill to cap idle oil, gas wells

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sept. 9 that aims to cap more idle oil and gas wells. Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, authored AB 2729, which ensures that funding is available to cap idle wells and creates disincentives for operators to maintain large numbers of idle wells. The bill also broadens the definition 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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Cybersecurity law aims to keep information safe

By   /  Friday, October 9th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Cybersecurity law aims to keep information safe

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs oil pipeline safety bills

By   /  Thursday, October 8th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Gov. Jerry Brown signs oil pipeline safety bills

  Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Oct. 8 that requires the California Fire Marshal to review oil pipeline conditions every year, rather than every two years or more. Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline performed an inspection of its Line 901 about two weeks before May 19’s Refugio oil spill. But it was too Read More →

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Bill would require equal pay for ‘substantially similar’ work

By   /  Friday, September 11th, 2015  /  Columns, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Bill would require equal pay for ‘substantially similar’ work

What was once a taboo question in the workplace may become a more explicit employee’s right. “How much does my co-worker make?” Even though workers are allowed to ask such a question under the protection of the National Labor Relations Act enacted in 1935, employees were often told — either overtly or implicitly — to Read More →

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3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

By   /  Friday, August 14th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on 3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

  Even though Plains All American Pipeline underestimated the extent of the Refugio oil spill, Santa Barbara businesses and residents are feeling less of a sting than expected since the rupture fouled the Gaviota coastline and its wildlife about three months ago. Plains, the Houston-based oil company responsible for the spill, said in a quarterly Read More →