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Cleanup of California Oil Spill Goes Low-Tech to Limit Environmental Impact

Inform, Pollution
Jun
20

Because the Refugio state beach region is home to threatened shorebirds and cultural resources, a decision was made early on to clean oil-stained beaches the old-fashioned way by using hand tools instead of heavy equipment or chemicals.

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There’s No Such Thing As a Spill-Proof Way to Transport Oil

News, Pollution
Jun
17

To a historian of pipelines, last month’s Santa Barbara oil spill is a reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Since their first introduction in the late 19th century, pipelines have leaked regularly and ruptured occasionally.

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Request by Exxon to Haul Oil After Pipeline Break Denied

News, Pollution
Jun
10

Officials denied a request Tuesday by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state’s largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

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Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean: A Push into Uncharted Waters

As the U.S. and Russia take the first halting steps to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, experts say the harsh climate, icy seas, and lack of any infrastructure means a sizeable oil spill would be very difficult to clean up and could cause extensive environmental damage.

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Louisiana Environmental Group Warns Santa Barbara Oil Spill Cleanup Workers to Protect Their Health

An open letter from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper raised concerns towards those affected by the Santa Barbara Plains All American Pipeline spill who participated in the clean-up effort.

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Offshore Drilling and the NC Coast: Special Reports

News, Pollution
Jun
8

This is the first of more than 40 stories that will be published over the next two months on offshore drilling and its potential effects on the N.C. coast.

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End America’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels!

The recent oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara is a powerful reminder of the devastating costs of America’s addiction to oil on our communities, beaches and wildlife. It’s time to invest in a clean energy future.

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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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