CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 |
Mike Collins was raised in oil country but dreamed of living at the beach. As a young boy in Bakersfield, he accompanied his father to dusty fields dotted with derricks where he repaired the motors on oil rigs. On his bedroom wall hung a poster of a house perched atop a cliff, overlooking the ocean waves. "Justification for higher education," his mother called it. Now a psychologist, Collins bought his dream house four blocks from the seashore in tiny Hermosa Beach nearly five years ago. He surfs or paddleboards daily and often rides his bicycle to work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 |
The U.S. Air Force will consider leasing land on Vandenberg Air Force Base for private companies to extract offshore oil and gas from land-based drills on the central California coast. The proposal, opposed by environmental groups, would require the first new offshore lease in state waters since the 1960s, said Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State Lands Commission. It would allow companies to use onshore equipment with extended-reach "slant drilling" technology to reach offshore deposits.
July 17, 2013 |
The U.S. Air Force will consider leasing land on Vandenberg Air Force Base for private companies to extract offshore oil and gas from the central California coast, officials said Wednesday. The proposal would allow oil companies to use onshore equipment with new extended reach “slant drilling” technology to access deposits several miles offshore. Sunset Exploration and Exxon Mobil recently asked the Air Force to revisit their proposal to use the technology to build an oil and gas drilling project on the base near Lompoc, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The staff at Stanford Hospital conducted a disaster drill a few weeks ago, a routine reminder for doctors and nurses on what to do if patients started pouring in. Those skills were put to the test Saturday afternoon, when the Palo Alto medical center and its children's hospital took in 55 patients from the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport. The hospital was notified about a “potential mass casualty occurrence” about noon, roughly 30 minutes after the Boeing 777 slammed into the runway, said Dr. Robert Norris, Stanford's chief of emergency medicine.
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In spite of a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Friday launched a new effort to open up the California and Atlantic coasts to oil drilling. The measure is a long shot in the face of fierce opposition in the Democratic-led Senate and from the White House. Still, Republicans are eager to stoke the debate over offshore drilling and highlight differences between the parties over energy policy heading into next year's election battles for control of the House and Senate.
June 7, 2013 |
As part of the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference, a team of LAPD officers from the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau demonstrated a "response to a weapons of mass destruction device" in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. ALSO: Four small, early morning earthquakes shake South Bay Police find evidence linked to homicide in La Brea Tar Pits Why is San Onofre nuclear plant closing? How much will this cost?
May 28, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. General Electric Co. is investing billions in the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, buying up companies and opening a new laboratory with an eye toward the world's future energy needs, a report says. Mark Little, a GE senior vice president, told the Associated Press that the company went from almost zero investment in oil and gas about a decade ago to pouring in more than $15 billion over the last few years.
May 21, 2013 |
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has already met its mission goals, discovering that parts of the Red Planet could have been friendly to microbial life. But not one to rest on its scientific laurels, the robot has drilled a second sample of rock to back up the rover's ground-breaking findings. The Mars Science Laboratory rover drilled a 0.6-inch-wide and 2.6-inch-deep hole into a rock named Cumberland, which sits about nine feet west of John Klein, the first rock sampled back in March.
May 10, 2013 |
After a four-week spring break, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has set its sights on the next drill target: Cumberland, a rock lying about 9 feet away from where the rover first broke ground in Yellowknife Bay. The new target will be a greater challenge than the last, with more bumpy rock containing more erosion-resistant, mineral-rich concretions that formed when water once soaked the stone. Mission scientists wanted to play it safe for the...
April 29, 2013 |
This isn't Texas, so I know most people aren't spending day and night worrying about spring football. But in honor of those fans who can't get enough about football, here are some observations as high school teams begin to start spring drills: "Blowing up" is a term used in the college recruiting business referring to a player who suddenly gains momentum as a college prospect. Let me offer a quarterback with no scholarship offers who might soon get attention: San Fernando senior-to-be Cristian Solano.