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May 27, 2015

California oil spill takes toll on marine mammals, birds

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (Reuters) – More than two dozen marine
mammals and nearly 40 birds, most of them pelicans, have been
collected dead and alive from along California’s oil-fouled
coastline near Santa Barbara in the week since a petroleum
pipeline ruptured there, wildlife officials said on Tuesday.

Of 38 oil-coated birds documented so far, 13 turned up dead
and 25 were picked up alive, though two of the rescued birds
have since died, said Dr. Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian from
the University of California, Davis, who heads the Oiled
Wildlife Care Network.

May 26, 2015

Second sea lion rescued from California oil spill dies at SeaWorld

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (Reuters) – A second sea lion rescued
from along California’s oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara
has died at SeaWorld San Diego, where veterinarians are still
caring for 15 surviving marine mammals brought in for treatment,
a spokesman said on Tuesday.

The petroleum-stained pinnipeds are among the earliest
apparent wildlife casualties documented from a pipeline rupture
that dumped as much as 2,400 barrels (101,000 gallons or 382,327
liters) of crude oil onto the shoreline and into the ocean west
of Santa Barbara one week ago.

May 23, 2015

Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California’s Santa Barbara coastline, the first apparent sea bird fatalities stemming from the oil spill to be documented by officials overseeing the disaster response.

The tally was reported Friday by the joint-agency command for cleanup and recovery operations in Santa Barbara and Dr. Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian from the University of California, Davis, who heads the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.

May 23, 2015

Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (Reuters) – Owners of an oil pipeline
that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective
measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing
to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can
restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday.

The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S.
Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
Administration, or PHMSA, is not regarded as a disciplinary
enforcement sanction against the company, Plains All American
Pipeline LP, officials said.

May 22, 2015

Union dockworkers ratify labor contract for U.S. West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Union dockworkers at all 29 U.S.
West Coast ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract
agreement reached in February with shipping companies and
terminal operators to end months of labor strife that snarled
trans-Pacific trade.

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union
voted 82 percent in favor of the new five-year labor pact, which
runs through June 2019, the union said in announcing the final
tally of balloting that took place during the past month.

May 22, 2015

U.S. issues corrective action order over oil pipeline spill in California

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (Reuters) – Owners of the oil pipeline
that ruptured in California this week must take numerous
corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors
contributing to the spill, before they can restart the line,
federal safety officials said on Friday.

The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S.
Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
Administration is not regarded as a disciplinary enforcement
sanction against the company, Texas-based Plains Pipeline LP
, officials said.

May 22, 2015

Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) – Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore.

Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst.

May 21, 2015

Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach enters third day

SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) – Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades.

As much as 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude oil, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific west of Santa Barbara when an underground pipeline running parallel to a coastal highway there inexplicably burst on Tuesday morning.

May 18, 2015

New $250 million pro soccer stadium proposed for downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The new Major League Soccer club coming to Los Angeles unveiled plans on Monday to build a $250 million downtown stadium for the team that could mark the first open-air professional sports arena in the city since baseball’s Dodger Stadium in 1962.

The MLS expansion franchise, due to launch its inaugural season in 2018 and currently known under the working name of the Los Angeles Football Club, said the proposed 22,000-seat facility would also rank as the most costly privately financed soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

May 15, 2015

California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez enters U.S. Senate race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Ten-term California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez on Thursday entered the race to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and will take on state Attorney General Kamala Harris, a fellow Democrat who was widely seen as the front-runner.

Sanchez said she hoped to become the first Hispanic woman elected to the Senate and the first Hispanic-American elected to that body from California.

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