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Protesters warn against using chemicals in Calif. oil spill cleanup

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Dozens of protesters chanted “End Oil Now!” and hoisted signs alongside an inflatable mock pipeline on a Santa Barbara beach on Sunday, demanding an end to fracking and other forms of “extreme oil extraction” days after a spill sent thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean and onto beaches. Environmental groups such as Food and ...

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Pittsburgh’s homeless live in fear of eviction from camps

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Mitch Verheyen remembers the day last year police told him to pack up his things and move from a homeless camp under a trolley bridge deck along Arlington Avenue. “The cops came through there one day and said, ‘You have to go. Everything’s going to get thrown away,’ ” he recalled. “So we came over here and they pretty much ...

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Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. ...

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Federal officials push for heightened sage grouse protection

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is not doing enough to protect the greater sage grouse as its spot on the endangered species list pends federal approval, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says. According to the Denver Post, Noreen Walsh, the agency’s regional director, wrote a letter to Gov. Hickenlooper last week urging him to tweak his state’s protection measures by removing ...

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NY to require further review of crude oil facility at port

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state regulators said Thursday they’ll require further environmental review before deciding whether to allow a fuel transport company to install facilities at the Port of Albany that critics say would make the port a hub for heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. The Department of Environmental Conservation informed Global Partners of Waltham, Massachusetts, that it ...

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Coast Guard: Fire on gulf oil platform; 28 evacuated

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard says 28 workers were evacuated from an oil production platform off Louisiana’s coast after a fire broke out. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday near Breton Island, which is close to Louisiana’s southeastern coast. Production was shut down and no injuries have been reported. The Coast ...

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Oil shouldn’t spoil vacations for California beach tourists

GOLETA, Calif. — Images of sticky black beaches and stories of the stink of oil from a broken coastal pipeline shouldn’t force canceled plans for the vast majority of tourists planning ocean vacations in California. People who had immediate plans at two popular state-owned beaches — Refugio and El Capitan — need to make new ones, as those two spots ...

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Winds, choppy seas slow cleanup of California oil spill

GOLETA, Calif. — Weather has slowed cleanup efforts at the site of an oil spill that fouled a California shoreline. The National Weather Service says gusty winds are whipping up waves as high as 4 feet early Friday off Santa Barbara County. Several days of calm seas had helped crews. A small watercraft advisory was issued overnight and Santa Barbara ...

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Thousands of gallons of oil sopped up from California coast

GOLETA, Calif. — More than 6,000 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. Up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked from the ruptured pipeline Tuesday, and up to 21,000 gallons reached ...

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