June 18, 1998 |
In a settlement of a decade-long oil spill dispute that could cost $200 million, Unocal Corp. will perform major surgery on tiny Avila Beach, digging up the town's commercial core and tearing down a number of homes and businesses to remove tons of contaminated soil. Announced Wednesday, the unusual agreement is designed to clean up a 400,000-gallon spill that has been threatening to contaminate the Central Coast town's water table and the Pacific Ocean with crude oil, diesel oil and gasoline.
July 28, 1997 |
Watching all those political photo ops out of Lake Tahoe in recent days, I was reminded of the greatest photo oper of them all--the true savior of the Sierra, that right-winger Ronald Reagan. Yes, savior of the Sierra--and other environmental treasures--but more about that later. Right now, the senses are saturated with TV film of beautiful backdrops partially eclipsed by politicians, all looking a bit out of place: Gov. Pete Wilson on a mountaintop. Vice President Al Gore at a trail head.
May 5, 2001 |
The Bush administration's decision to weaken federal protection of roadless regions of national forests could throw open to development an unspoiled section of the Los Padres National Forest that contains untapped oil reserves. The sprawling Los Padres, the only national forest in California with appreciable oil and gas reserves, already produces 700,000 barrels of oil per year, primarily from a field near Fillmore.
January 11, 1993 |
Logging in California's vast network of national forests has plunged nearly 40% since the 1980s and is expected to drop further as federal officials respond to public pressure to be more environmentally sensitive. Most of the decline has been traceable to court-ordered logging restrictions designed to protect the endangered northern spotted owl, whose habitat extends from Washington to the northernmost forests of California. But the U.S.
July 28, 1991 |
Like a kick in the gut, the scope of the loss finally hit Mike Rode last Tuesday. The sparkling Sacramento River--his longtime laboratory, his workplace, his back yard--was dead, killed by a wily chemical demon that escaped from a wrecked train car. Rode went diving that day--pulled on a wet suit, snorkel and mask and plunged into a deep river pool with some fellow fish experts. After days of anxious speculation, the biologists wanted to see the carnage close-up.
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November 17, 2001 |
The chief of the U.S. Forest Service has upheld a Clinton administration plan to protect the Sierra Nevada's old-growth trees and reduce timber cutting in the range. But as Dale Bosworth affirmed the Sierra blueprint, he also called for further review of some parts of the document, which critics said could lead to a weakening of it.
December 14, 2000 |
Siding with off-road enthusiasts in their fight with environmentalists, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) is attempting to win congressional approval for a measure overriding the Bureau of Land Management's decision to ban vehicles from 49,000 acres of the Imperial Valley desert.
August 12, 1999 |
Taking a step to block a new round of oil drilling off the Central Coast, the California Coastal Commission signaled its willingness Wednesday to go to court to stop development of decades-old oil leases. Meeting in Los Angeles on Wednesday, commissioners decided in closed session that "if we have to, we'll file suit," said Executive Director Peter Douglas.
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August 7, 1999 |
Half a dozen road projects across the Southland could be affected by a judge's ruling that the federal government must take steps to preserve thousands of acres that are critical to a tiny songbird. In a decision issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that within 60 days, the U.S.
December 18, 1999 |
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Friday praised the progress made in California toward using less water from the Colorado River and suggested that the other six states that depend on the river drop their historic distrust of their big neighbor to the west. Specifically, Babbitt, in his annual state of the river speech to regional water officials, said he wants to see an agreement between the seven Western states on how to divvy up surplus water from the Colorado.