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3 Sea Lions, Elephant Seal Injured By Refugio Oil Spill Released Into Wild

Three California sea lions and an elephant seal who were exposed to an oil spill near Santa Barbara in May have been returned to the wild.

08/19/2015

California Oil Spill Might Be Larger Than Projected

No timeline has been set to restart the pipeline.

08/06/2015

Workers clean oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 22, 2015 in Goleta, California.  California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency after over 100,000 gallons of oil spilled from an abandoned pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach, spreading over about nine miles of beach within hours. The largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters at the time occurred in the same section of the coast in 1969 where numerous offshore oil platforms can be seen, giving birth to the modern American environmental movement.  (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Santa Barbara County Oil Spill May Have Been Larger Than Projected

An oil spill from a ruptured pipeline near Santa Barbara, California, that fouled beaches for miles may have been far larger in volume than earlier projected.

08/05/2015

Photo of the Pacific Ocean near Refugio State Beach dated May 21, 2015. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Southern California Beaches Tested For Tar Balls After Spill

Cleanup commanders said Saturday that they sampled beaches nearby and as far away as Newport Beach in Orange County to see if oil from the spill was continuing to wash up.

07/11/2015

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CHP: All NB Lanes Of 14 Fwy Closed Due To Oil Spill In Palmdale

A freeway was shut down Thursday after a big-rig truck overturned and caught on fire in Palmdale.

07/09/2015

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Environmentalists Want Brown To Stop Offshore Fracking

State regulators this month approved nine permits for so-called fracking operations between August and December in Long Beach Harbor. The Center for Biological Diversity called on Brown Tuesday to halt the plans.

06/30/2015

Photo of the Pacific Ocean near Refugio State Beach dated May 21, 2015. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Fishing Resumes In Waters Fouled By Oil Spill

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is allowing fishing to resume across 138 square miles of water off the Santa Barbara coast that was closed following last month’s huge oil spill.

06/29/2015

Oil is seen on rocks at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, May 19, 2015.  An oil pipeline ruptured dumping oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California, the US Coast Guard said. The spill was estimated at 21,000 gallons (80,000 liters) of oil, local media reported. AFP PHOTO/ ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Exxon Mobil Halts Drilling After Spill Crippled Pipeline

The oil company temporarily ceased operations last week after Santa Barbara County rejected its emergency application to truck oil to refineries, spokesman Richard Keil said.

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Workers Clean Up Oil Spill On California Beaches By Hand

The painstaking task at Refugio State Beach marks a new front in the cleanup after an underground pipeline leaked last month and released up to 101,000 gallons of oil, about 21,000 gallons of which flowed into a storm drain, sullied the beach and washed out to sea.

06/20/2015

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Photographs Of Ruptured Oil Pipeline Show Visible Corrosion, Expert Says

Photos of the pipeline that spilled oil on the Santa Barbara coast show extensive corrosion and provide clues about the cause of the rupture, experts said.

06/15/2015

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Cost Of Cleaning Up Oil Spill In Santa Barbara County Reaches $62M

The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday.

06/10/2015

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Request By Exxon To Haul Oil After Pipeline Break Denied

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.

06/09/2015

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New Photos Show Extent Of Corrosion In Pipeline That Ruptured In Santa Barbara County

New photos released Tuesday show the extensive corrosion on an oil pipe that ruptured, spilling more than 100,000 gallons of oil into the waters off Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara.

06/09/2015

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Crews Say 44 Percent Of California Coast Oil Spill Cleaned

The 44 percent includes mostly sandy beaches, which only have trace amounts, or less than 1 percent of oil, said California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Alexia Retallack. She said tar and oil is naturally found through seeps at Southern California beaches and should be avoided.

06/07/2015

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Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill ‘Extremely Unlikely’

Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.

06/07/2015

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