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Clean up continues along the coast of Santa Barbara as crews work to contain and clean up the 9-mile oil slick. Yesterday, environmental groups gathered to protest oil production and fracking in California. The rally drew a crowd of over 150 people and highlighted Plains Pipeline’s record of spills and penalties as evidence that drilling threatens the California coast. (Reuters, Huffington Post)
Environmentalists Seize on Latest Santa Barbara Oil Spill
The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area’s catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.
California oil spill ignites array of protests against industry
This week’s oil spill in California has become a springboard for environmental groups to attack the oil industry, with calls ranging from a ban on fracking in the Golden State to a halt to drilling in the far-flung Arctic.
Pipeline rupture a warning of spills to come?
For those who know something about our nation’s environmental laws, images of oil on the Santa Barbara coastline evoke a painful, if iconic, memory — for Tuesday’s spill is not the first to degrade that idyllic locale.
The company responsible for the Santa Barbara oil spill can’t stop polluting California
A pipeline in Santa Barbara has now leaked an estimated 105,000 gallons of crude since rupturing Tuesday, causing an oil slick 9 miles long off California’s coast.
Santa Barbara oil spill: Crude flowed ‘well below’ capacity in ruptured pipe
The onshore pipeline behind this week’s Santa Barbara oil spill was operating “well below its maximum operating capacity” when it ruptured and leaked more than 100,000 gallons of crude on coastal lands and into the ocean, the oil company said Thursday.
More than 700 workers to help with California oil spill cleanup
Los Angeles Times
The number of workers cleaning the coastline after the Santa Barbara County oil spill is expected to swell to more than 700 Friday as the response continues to ramp up, officials said.
California crews struggle to contain nine-mile oil spill with booms
A fleet of 18 vessels is battling to contain an oil slick stretching nine miles along the California coast as rescuers on land try to save seals, birds and other wildlife trapped in the black goo.
Santa Barbara Spill Revives Outcry Against Coastal Drilling
In Santa Barbara, California, a major oil spill has shut down beaches just ahead of Memorial Day weekend, with as much as 105,000 gallons of oil spilled in a coastal area near Refugio State Beach.
The California Oil Spill Is Even Worse Than We Thought
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in California on Wednesday, after oil spill estimates soared from 21,000 gallons to more than 105,000 gallons.
California Oil Spill: Biologists Eyeing Extent of Damage to Waters, Wildlife
Two days after a ruptured oil pipeline spewed crude into the waters off of California — tainting 9 miles of ocean teeming with coastal creatures — environmentalists are scrambling to assess how mucked up the ecosystem is.
When You Drill, You Spill
While the damage from the oil pipeline rupture on the California coastline is still unfolding, already its toll is daunting. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County.
Senate Dems call for pipeline, hazmat regulator
Ten Senate Democrats implored President Obama Thursday to nominate a new head for the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), which has not had a leader in seven months.
Oklahoma Senate passes bill preventing local fracking bans
Oklahoma cities and counties would be unable to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process also known as fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill heading to the governor’s desk.
Denton, Texas, banned fracking last year – then the frackers fought back
The framed newspaper article in Adam Briggle’s office with the headline “Fracking banned” is from last November. It already reads like ancient history.