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Oil-covered beach near Santa Barbara, California, closed

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SUMMERLAND, Calif.— Santa Barbara County, California, officials say a popular beach remains closed as officials try to determine the source of smelly oil and tar balls that have washed ashore. The Public Health Department’s Susan Klein-Rothschild said Sunday that strong petroleum odors and oily substances on Summerland Beach have persisted. She says officials will reevaluate on Monday whether it’s safe ...

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Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

LOS ANGELES — Beaches along the Santa Barbara County coast remained open to swimmers, surfers and sunbathers Friday as the Coast Guard worked to determine whether an oil slick that materialized just offshore this week was simply the result of natural ocean-floor seepage. That’s the conclusion Jordan Clark, professor of earth science and environmental studies at the University of California, ...

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Offshore oil drilling banned along new stretch of California coast as Obama administration doubles size of marine sanctuaries

In the largest expansion of national marine sanctuaries in California in 23 years, the Obama administration on Tuesday more than doubled the size of two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending them by 50 miles up the rugged Sonoma and Mendocino coasts. Under the dramatic move by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the boundaries of the Gulf of the Farallones ...

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Sea urchin haven disturbed by Santa Barbara oil spill

LOS ANGELES – Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. Now, she needs new hunting grounds. The coast, thought to be one of the world’s best places for harvesting sea urchins, suffered its worst oil spill in 46 years this week, forcing authorities ...

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California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters

LOS ANGELES — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it’s becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were discovered. The combination of sunlight and waves Friday helped evaporate and dissolve some of the oil that blackened beaches and covered wildlife in thick goo after ...

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California oil spill: Excavation of ruptured pipe may bring answers

REFUGIO STATE BEACH, Calif. — Clues as to what caused a 24-inch oil pipeline to rupture along California’s picturesque Gaviota Coast remain buried beneath tons of oil-contaminated earth, but oil company workers and federal regulators hope to begin excavating the pipe Thursday and get their first glimpse of the breach. Michelle Rogow, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a ...

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Fracking ban passes in 2 of 3 California counties


SAN FRANCISCO — Voters in two California coastal counties have approved a ban on fracking and other intensive oil production, while a third coastal county rejected such a ban. Fracking bans passed Tuesday in San Benito and Mendocino counties. Voters in Santa Barbara County, however, said “No” to a prohibition on fracking and other more commonly used means of forcing ...

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