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Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill ‘Extremely Unlikely’

News, Pollution
Jun
7

Federal inspectors said the area near the break had earlier been repaired because of corrosion. At the break point, over 80 percent of the wall thickness of the pipeline had been eaten away. The pipeline, completed in 1990, is part of a network of lines that move crude oil to inland refineries. A handful of prior spills have taken place on the line, the largest about 1,200 gallons…

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Mystery Pollution Keeps California Beaches Still Closed

News, Pollution
May
30

A string of popular California beaches will remain closed until further notice due to mystery oil-based pollution, officials said Friday.

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Croatian Dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or Tourism

News, Pollution
May
28

Despite surging opposition to pumping crude in the waters of one of Europe’s fastest-growing summer travel destinations, the Croatian government is determined to boost the state’s poor finances by offering several exploration licenses to foreign energy companies.

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Mysterious Oil Globs Close 7 Miles of Los Angeles-Area Beach

News, Pollution
May
28

Nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline was closed to beachgoers Thursday as scientists investigated mysterious balls of tar washing ashore.

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When You Drill, You Spill.

The Santa Barbara County spill, one of the largest in California history, reiterates what we already know: We can’t extract oil and transport it without putting our beaches, wildlife, and coastal communities at risk. The sad fact is, when you drill, you spill.

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California Oil Spill Company Under Local, State and Federal Investigation

News, Pollution
May
23

Federal officials are investigating the company at the center of the Santa Barbara oil spill, which has left more than 11 miles of coastline covered with an oil slick…

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U.S. Oil Platform on Fire in Gulf of Mexico

News, Pollution
May
22

A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said.

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Company Responsible for Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Had Numerous Safety, Maintenance Infractions: Report

News, Pollution
May
21

Pains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records.

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State of Emergency Declared for Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Coast

News, Pollution
May
21

The length grew from 4 miles to 9 overnight, an amount that was “more than we anticipated last night,” U.S Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams said.

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