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  • Keep your kitchen drain happy this holiday season

    November 28, 2011 9:26 PM

    The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for many of us in the kitchen. That means it's also a busy time for plumbers as they try to fix the mess that some of us pour down our drains. It's a part of your holiday meal you... more »
  • Feds launch investigation into soaring gas prices

    April 22, 2011 1:40 AM

    The federal government is launching an investigation into the recent surge in gas prices. President Obama says the Justice Department is currently assembling a team. It will investigate fraud or manipulation in the oil markets. Obama says Attorney General Eric Holder will lead the effort. As the numbers... more »
  • Rancher blames local oil company for polluting his property

    January 13, 2011 9:42 PM

    A rancher in Los Alamos is fed up with a local oil company he says is causing major damage to his property. Robert Fulton owns the Fulton Ranch Company in los alamos. B.E. Conway Energy has the rights to drill for oil on the land, but he says the company... more »
  • Special election has high stakes for California politics

    June 21, 2010 2:29 PM

    Voters will soon decide who should fill Abel Maldonado's 15th Senate seat. It's a hotly contested race between Republican Sam Blakeslee from San Luis Obispo and Democrat John Laird from Santa Cruz with a significant impact. A win for Laird would put the Democrats within one seat of having a... more »
  • Over 250 barrels of produced water and oil spill at Greka facility

    May 24, 2010 5:36 PM

    Approximately 250 barrels of mostly produced water and crude oil spilled at the Greka Oil Lease facility in Santa Maria, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Representatives from Greka, the fire department, the Department of Fish and Game, and County Petroleum responded to the scene at 9:16... more »
  • County supervisors focus on preventing onshore oil spills

    May 11, 2010 10:01 PM

    Santa Barbara County leaders are cracking down on onshore oil production facilities. A new online system presented to the board of supervisors today will help various county agencies share information about spills and violations. So far this year, onshore oil facilities have spilled more than 300 gallons of contaminated... more »
  • Board of Supervisors turns attention to onshore drilling

    May 11, 2010 2:04 PM

    Since the start of the year, onshore oil facilities have spilled nearly 300 gallons of crude oil in Santa Barbara County, according to the most recent county report. In 2009, 15 separate onshore oil facilities leaked more than 3600 gallons of crude oil, according to the county's fire prevention... more »
  • Crews depart with giant box to help Gulf oil leak

    May 5, 2010 8:22 PM

    PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - A ship carrying a 100-ton containment box is heading to an oil leak site in the Gulf of Mexico to try to cover the flow of crude and funnel it to a tanker. The captain said the ship was on its way early Wednesday evening... more »
  • World's longest well drilled off Calif. coast

    April 16, 2010 4:07 PM

    ExxonMobil is reporting completion on the world's longest extended-reach well drilled from an existing offshore fixed platform drilling rig. The new drill increases the company's ability to produce more domestic oil supplies from the Santa Ynez unit, offshore southern California. The well extends more than six miles horizontally... more »
  • Obama keeps moratorium on offshore drilling along California coast

    March 31, 2010 12:03 PM

    President Obama has announced plans to expand offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic coast, but keep a moratorium on offshore oil drilling along California's coast in effect. The president argued Wednesday morning that American must break its dependency on foreign oil and rely more on what he calls "homegrown... more »
  • Controversy flares up over proposed oil tax

    March 18, 2010 1:40 PM

    Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced a controversial new bill called The Oil Industry Fair Share Act. The legislation would establish an oil severance tax of 10 percent on the gross value of each barrel of crude oil pumped by companies in California. He says the tax will provide... more »
  • 5 injured when Kern County oil well blows out

    February 16, 2010 11:47 AM

    McKITTRICK, Calif. (AP) - Kern County fire officials say five people were injured when an oil well blew out. The well at Occidental Petroleum's oil field just east of McKittrick was undergoing maintenance when it experienced an unexpected high-pressure release around 9:30 p.m. Monday. Kern County fire spokesman Sean... more »
  • Eco groups withdraw support of Calif. oil drilling

    February 4, 2010 5:52 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly two years ago, a broad coalition of environmental groups celebrated a deal with a Texas oil company that promised to eventually end its drilling operations off California's scenic Santa Barbara County coast. Now, a growing number of those former eco allies are lining up against... more »
  • Winter gas prices unseasonably high

    January 8, 2010 9:28 PM

    Winter can spell relief from high gas prices following the holiday travel season, but not this year. In San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, the average price for a gallon of regular gas is about $3.10. That's up nearly 15 cents from one month ago. Experts say mother... more »
  • Winter gas prices unusually high

    January 8, 2010 2:38 PM

    Winter usually means lower gas prices, since travel generally drops following the busy holiday season, but that's not the case this year. The average price for a regular gallon of gas in San Luis Obispo county stands at $3.09. That's six cents higher than the state average and up... more »
  • Local restaurants react to statewide ban on trans fats

    December 29, 2009 9:36 PM

    Starting January 1st, a new law takes effect, banning restaurants from cooking with trans fats. New York City adopted a similar ban in 2006, but California is the first to ban trans fats in restaurants statewide. The law passed in July of 2008 and restaurants have had more than... more »

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