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Santa Barbara oil spill

An oil spill poured thousands of gallons of crude into the waters off Santa Barbara County on May 19, covering about nine miles of coastline. Government officials, environmental experts and residents will be dealing with the spill for some time to come.

  • Homeowner sues pipeline firm in Santa Barbara County oil spill

    Homeowner sues pipeline firm in Santa Barbara County oil spill

    A Santa Barbara County homeowner is the latest party to file suit against the Texas owners of a pipeline that burst last month along the Gaviota coast, sending thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean. The suit claims Alexandra Geremia's home just north of Refugio State Beach has been...

  • Pipeline firm documents reveal chaos after Santa Barbara County spill

    Pipeline firm documents reveal chaos after Santa Barbara County spill

    Chaos and delay marked the initial hours after a pipeline burst last month along the Santa Barbara County coast, sending thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean. A timeline that Plains All American Pipeline provided to lawmakers was released Wednesday and details the company's struggle...

  • El Capitan beach to reopen a month after Santa Barbara County oil spill

    El Capitan beach to reopen a month after Santa Barbara County oil spill

    El Capitan State Beach will reopen next Friday, more than a month after 101,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a ruptured pipeline off the Santa Barbara County coast. An assessment of the beach Thursday by the California Department of Parks and Recreation determined it was safe for the public....

  • First rehabilitated pelicans returned into wild after Santa Barbara oil spill

    First rehabilitated pelicans returned into wild after Santa Barbara oil spill

    The rehabilitated brown pelicans waddled out of their cages and into the surf at Goleta Beach on Friday, slowly stretching their wings after a three-hour car ride from a Los Angeles care center.  A large crowd of scientists, reporters and beachgoers gathered to watch the 10 pelicans return to the...

  • Officials: Cost to clean oiled Santa Barbara beaches exceeds $60 million

    Officials: Cost to clean oiled Santa Barbara beaches exceeds $60 million

    Cleaning up the thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled into the Pacific Ocean near Refugio State Beach on May 19 has cost more than $60 million, officials said Wednesday, and the figure is expected to climb as the cleanup continues.Cleanup costs hit a peak of about $3 million a day after...

  • Santa Barbara County official rejects plan to move crude oil by truck

    Santa Barbara County official rejects plan to move crude oil by truck

    A Santa Barbara County official has rejected a proposal by Exxon Mobil to send a fleet of 6,720-gallon trucks on as many as 192 daily trips on U.S. 101 while the pipeline the company normally uses is out of commission after last month's oil spill. Dianne Black, assistant director of planning and...

  • Lawmakers seek answers about pipeline company's 'troubling' safety record

    Lawmakers seek answers about pipeline company's 'troubling' safety record

    A group of U.S. lawmakers is questioning the safety record of the pipeline company responsible for last month's oil spill along the Santa Barbara coast. In a letter Friday to Plains All American Pipeline Chief Executive Greg Armstrong, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.),...

  • Owner of ruptured oil pipeline has history of big spills, fines

    Owner of ruptured oil pipeline has history of big spills, fines

    Nearly two decades ago, Plains All American Pipeline embarked on a buying spree across the United States and Canada, acquiring thousands of miles of aging pipeline. The purchases turned Plains into one of North America's biggest energy pipeline companies. But it also left the firm with a patchwork...

  • With pipeline ruptured, Exxon seeks to move oil with fleet of tankers

    With pipeline ruptured, Exxon seeks to move oil with fleet of tankers

    How do you move thousands of gallons of crude a day with a key oil pipeline out of commission indefinitely? Exxon Mobil officials are seeking permission to truck the oil through Santa Barbara County after a ruptured pipeline sent oil spilling into the Pacific Ocean and brought the company's oil...

  • Santa Barbara spill is prime suspect in L.A.-area tar balls

    Santa Barbara spill is prime suspect in L.A.-area tar balls

    They hit Summerland more than two weeks ago, globs of oil stinking up the beach bad enough to induce headaches. Then they struck Oxnard, Malibu and the South Bay. This week, like a bloom of black jellyfish, they landed in Long Beach. Although beach tar has long been a nuisance of Southern California...

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