The move came on the same day that California lawmakers formed a special legislative committee to investigate the May spill that caused as much as 101,000 gallons of oil to blacken beaches and create an ocean slick.
As emergency crews work to clean up thousands of gallons of crude oil near Santa Barbara, critics of offshore drilling say they’re concerned about the safety of pipelines that run up and down the coast.
The debate over the transport of crude oil by rail has returned to the forefront as some California refineries have obtained permission to build terminals to accommodate oil trains.
Crews have spent the weekend cleaning up hundreds of gallons of crude oil that bubbled up from a break in an underground pipeline on Goldenwest Street Friday.
Crude oil has seeped from beneath a busy street in Huntington Beach, forming a dark puddle that has halted traffic.
New hopes that a deal would be reached for Greece to avoid defaulting on its debts sent stocks higher Tuesday. The market gave up some of its gains following a surprise drop in U.S. consumer confidence.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire rose Monday to its highest amount since Oct. 7, 2008, increasing 1.3 cents to $3.53.
Hotel guests near the Port of Long Beach have been warned not to shower or drink tap water after an investigative report shows crude oil contamination in and around the harbor.
Officials continue to test the water in and around the Port of Long Beach to figure out the source of the contamination that has shut off water to nearby hotels for the past two days.