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Refugio oil spill cleanup costs near $100 million

By   /  Saturday, June 27th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill cleanup costs near $100 million

Patrick Hodgins, director of safety and security for Plains All American Pipeline, answers questions about the Refugio oil spill at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors hearing room Friday. (Alex Kacik)

  Plains All American Pipeline estimates that the cleanup of the oil spill near Refugio Beach has cost $96 million thus far, but the economic and environmental consequences may be more difficult to quantify. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee and Senate Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill held a joint oversight hearing at the Read More →

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Plains All American Pipeline faces class action lawsuit by property owners over Refugio oil spill

By   /  Thursday, June 25th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law & Goverment, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Plains All American Pipeline faces class action lawsuit by property owners over Refugio oil spill

Litigation over the May 19 Plains All American Pipeline spill off the Gaviota Coast gained a powerful combatant on June 24 when former Santa Barbara City Attorney Barry Cappello said he’d filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 3,000 property owners from Point Conception to the Mexico border. Capello’s lawsuit comes as tar balls Read More →

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Plains has spent more than $60 million on Refugio oil spill cleanup

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Energy, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Plains has spent more than $60 million on Refugio oil spill cleanup

Plains All American Pipeline, the company responsible for spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil on the Gaviota Coast, said Friday it has spent more than $60 million on clean up efforts to date. There is no timeline on how long it will take to call the response complete, but the most recent update from Read More →

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Jail time unlikely for Plains executives

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Jail time unlikely for Plains executives

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Central Coast economy depends on politicians, Plains making it right

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Central Coast economy depends on politicians, Plains making it right

When it comes to oil and politics, the conventional wisdom has been that Central Coast politicians can’t overplay their hands in expressing outrage over environmental issues. That conventional wisdom is about to get a major test. Already a parade of elected officials has toured the damage wrought by the May 19 oil spill that made Read More →

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Governor Brown issues executive order to speed Refugio oil spill recovery efforts

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Governor Brown issues executive order to speed Refugio oil spill recovery efforts

As federal, state, and local agencies continue working to minimize and mitigate the effects of the Refugio oil spill, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday issued an executive order to further expedite recovery efforts and help ensure the natural environment is restored, beaches are reopened and economic impacts are minimized. The governor’s order directs state agencies Read More →

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Politicians, officials should take measured approach after oil spill

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Editorials, Energy, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Politicians, officials should take measured approach after oil spill

While the cleanup of the Refugio oil spill is progressing, albeit slowly, the politics of petroleum extraction have overtaken events on the ground. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblymember Das Williams have called for new rules for oil pipeline safety. In Ventura County, Supervisors Steve Bennett and Linda Parks have questioned the future of oil production Read More →