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Critics want pipeline regulators to be tougher, accountable

By   /  Friday, June 24th, 2016  /  Energy, middle, South Coast  /  Comments Off on Critics want pipeline regulators to be tougher, accountable

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Capps tours UCSB to see laser light bulb technology

By   /  Friday, May 6th, 2016  /  Education, right, Technology  /  Comments Off on Capps tours UCSB to see laser light bulb technology

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Plains let Line 901 run for 35 minutes after pipe ruptured in May

By   /  Wednesday, February 17th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Plains let Line 901 run for 35 minutes after pipe ruptured in May

Plains All American Pipeline allowed Line 901 to run for 35 minutes after the pipe ruptured the morning of May 19, 2015, according to a preliminary report published on Feb. 17. Federal regulator Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration came out with a detailed timeline of the Refugio oil spill and more detail regarding Line 901’s Read More →

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Business, wilderness a successful mix

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Business, wilderness a successful mix

With the introduction of the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act by U.S. Rep. Lois Capps and Sen. Barbara Boxer, we have an opportunity to protect 250,000 acres of our incredible local landscape as wilderness — a common sense measure that will drive growth in our local recreation economy and enhance the quality of life that Read More →

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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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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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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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