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September 20, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The nation's toughest restrictions on a controversial oil drilling technique known as fracking were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday. Hotly opposed by the oil industry, the measure "establishes strong environmental protections and transparency requirements," the governor said in a statement. Brown also signed measures giving law enforcement officers clear authority to take blood samples from resistant suspected drunk drivers; making it easier for police to recover stolen goods; and setting rules for California's health insurance exchange.
September 19, 2013 |
DENVER - When the worst of the flooding began for Weld County last week, Cliff Willmeng, on a hunch, took his 2003 Subaru and drove east. The county's roads and bridges had begun to disintegrate under the might of the historic floodwaters, to the point that Willmeng, an environmental activist, had trouble navigating. Yet what his gut had told him to look for had been, as he put it, "unfortunately easy to find. " What Willmeng saw, and also photographed, was the drowning of Weld County's extensive oil and gas drilling operations - hundreds of fracking wells that were underwater, and an unknown number of storage tanks and other industrial facilities assaulted by the untamed waters.
September 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Emissions of methane from natural gas well sites across the United States have fallen in a key part of the drilling process, despite the boom in natural gas development, according to a study published Monday. The rise in natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has stoked concerns about leakage and venting into the atmosphere of methane, a chief component. Far more carbon dioxide is emitted than methane, but methane is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
August 20, 2013 |
Anthony Barr , UCLA's All-American linebacker, was led off the field during practice Tuesday with an undisclosed injury. UCLA Coach Jim Mora , who had not been scheduled to meet with the media, declined to comment. Barr was injured during an 11-on-11 team drill. The Bruins were in a full contact, but Barr was injured during a running play, in which he appeared to take a hit from an offensive lineman. A trainer examined Barr on the sideline. Barr was not limping, but he did double over as if he were sick.
August 19, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Lying in an open pit near the heart of the city, the cylindrical mass of machinery looked like a spacecraft that had crash-landed. Or, as one architect described it, a dry-docked ocean liner. Or a skyscraper on its side. One person thought it resembled a giant coffin. But it was "Bertha," a 7,000-ton, 326-foot-long and 57-foot-tall drilling device, which is playing a central role in a project that will redefine Seattle's waterfront - and perhaps the city itself. The drill has embarked on a project to bore a 2-mile tunnel beneath the city's downtown and replace an unsightly, 60-year-old double-decker highway that courses along the waterfront, separating the high-rises of downtown from the majestic panorama of the Puget Sound.
August 18, 2013 |
USC practiced at the Coliseum on Sunday night, giving players an opportunity to work out under the Trojans' home stadium lights. They shined bright on quarterback Cody Kessler . Coach Lane Kiffin continues to hold off naming Kessler or Max Wittek the starter for the Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii, but Kessler took the majority of snaps with the first-team offense during full-squad drills. Coaches, of course, could give Wittek most of the first-team reps Monday.
August 16, 2013 |
You didn't have to ask whether UCLA freshman defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes was itching to play. All you had to do was listen … to Bruins Coach Jim Mora . Vanderdoes, bothered all training camp by a sore back, was allowed in contact drills for the first time Friday morning. He quickly got an earful from Mora, who reprimanded him for using a bull rush with the Bruins not in full pads. Mora explained "that's just Eddie's personality. If you're doing a medicine ball drill against a wall, every time Eddie throws it, he tries to knock the wall down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 |
The city of Whittier and a conservation group have reached an agreement to allow a controversial oil-drilling project under a nature preserve, a proposal that immediately drew fire from opponents. Under the settlement, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, a regional government entity dedicated to preserving open space and wildlife, is to receive up to $11.25 million a year from the city of Whittier's royalties from the oil. The authority will use the money to buy and preserve land elsewhere in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 |
As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates. After the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, where 20 students and six educators were killed, new safety efforts swept through school districts. President Obama called on administrators and law enforcement officials to reevaluate emergency procedures.
August 10, 2013 |
USC star receiver Marqise Lee sat out practice Saturday, but the Trojans breathed a major sigh of relief. Coach Lane Kiffin said the junior had suffered a bone bruise on Friday, a condition that qualified as good news for USC. Lee, the Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's top receiver, was injured Friday after he caught a long pass and appeared to land on his right shoulder after a defender made contact. He was escorted from the practice field by athletic trainers, and carted from the practice facility with his arm in a sling, leaving the Trojans to wonder whether they had lost their most high-profile player.