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February 26, 1990 | From United Press International
Oil Companies Sue Circle K Corp.: A group of property owners and two oil companies--Thrifty Oil Co. and Golden West Refining Co.--filed suit in Superior Court on Wednesday against the Circle K Corp. alleging that the Arizona-based operator of convenience stores breached its 15-year property leases and gas purchase agreements at 88 sites around California. Circle K has not paid any rent on the properties since Jan. 1, said Donald Smaltz, the plaintiffs' attorney.
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August 7, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than six years after a huge oil spill blackened a long swath of Orange County's coastline, attorneys have crafted a tentative multimillion-dollar settlement that could resolve part of a lawsuit against companies believed responsible for the spill. Under the settlement, which still must be approved in court, Golden West Refining Co. would provide $4.
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December 13, 1990 | LAURA MICHAELIS and MARLA CONE
The city will join the state attorney general's lawsuit against the three companies involved in the February oil spill off Huntington Beach earlier this year. "We decided to consolidate with the attorney general's office to seek further damages for the oil spill," City Manager Robert L. Wynn said. "It would be my guess that a trial would be a year to two years away."
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February 7, 1993 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after the American Trader tanker ran aground off Huntington Beach, the four companies involved in the oil spill are no closer to settling a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by government prosecutors. Back in January, 1991, when the civil suit was filed, the oil and shipping companies as well as the state attorney general seemed eager to negotiate and avoid a long, messy trial.
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December 5, 1987 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
Fifty-eight U.S. oil refineries, including three in the Los Angeles area, are using a potentially lethal chemical that could result in a Bhopal-like disaster threatening as many as 12 million people across the country, a Washington-based environmental group has warned. Fred Millar of the Environmental Policy Institute issued the warning three years after the Bhopal disaster in India that resulted in more than 2,800 deaths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than six years after a huge oil spill blackened a long swath of Orange County's coastline, attorneys have crafted a tentative multimillion-dollar settlement that could resolve part of a lawsuit against companies believed responsible for the spill. Under the settlement, which still must be approved in court, Golden West Refining Co. would provide $4.
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May 6, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Powerine Oil Co.'s refinery in Santa Fe Springs does not have special equipment to handle a leak of highly corrosive hydrofluoric acid, according to a report presented Friday to the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. And, based on information contained in the report, the special water spray safety systems at another Los Angeles-area refinery--Golden West Refining Co.'s facility in Santa Fe Springs--and at Allied Signal Corp.'s El Segundo chemical plant are not adequate to deal with a major leak, said David Schwien, a member of the air quality agency's task force studying hydrofluoric acid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1990 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and federal officials are planning to ask the public how Orange County's coastal community should be compensated for the damage and disruption it suffered in February's Huntington Beach oil spill. They have scheduled a public hearing in Huntington Beach on Sept. 13 as a step toward a lawsuit that is expected to be filed on behalf of the public against the companies responsible for the Feb. 7 tanker accident that fouled 15 miles of Orange County's shoreline.
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May 24, 1990 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Coast Guard, in a report issued Wednesday, officially blamed the February oil spill off Orange County on the oil company that operated the mooring where a tanker ran over its anchor and on the pilot who was guiding the ship. The accident occurred because Golden West Refining Co. failed to regularly survey the depth of the water surrounding its mooring 1.3 miles southwest of Huntington Beach, where the American Trader spilled 397,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean, the report said.
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April 27, 1990 | STEVEN R. CHURM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Coast Guard investigation of a tanker accident that dumped 394,000 gallons of oil off the Orange County coast has led to a series of unprecedented restrictions on a Huntington Beach mooring that may ultimately limit tanker traffic at similar offshore depots in California. Under the new rules, there must be at least six feet of clearance between the vessel and the sea floor or any known obstruction, such as an anchor.
NEWS
February 7, 1993 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after the American Trader tanker ran aground off the beach, the four companies involved in the oil spill are no closer to settling a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by government prosecutors. In January, 1991, when the suit was filed, the oil and shipping companies, as well as the state attorney general, seemed eager to negotiate and avoid a long, messy trial.
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February 3, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One year after horrified emergency workers huddled on the beach as a huge oil slick loomed offshore, the epilogue of the saga remains unwritten. The final chapter of Orange County's worst environmental crisis will be about comeuppance, a civilized revenge neatly wrapped in a 29-page lawsuit filed on behalf of the People of the State of California.
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January 5, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local prosecutors are seeking millions of dollars in damages and fines from BP America and two other companies for the massive oil spill last February that blackened Orange County's beaches, killed birds and marine life and shut down harbors. The long-expected civil suit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, comes 11 months after the tanker American Trader spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude oil as it tried to moor at a terminal off Huntington Beach.
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January 5, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local prosecutors are seeking millions of dollars in damages and fines from BP America Inc. and two other companies to compensate for the February oil spill that blackened Orange County's beaches, killed birds and marine life and shut down its popular harbors. A long-awaited civil suit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, comes 11 months after the American Trader spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude oil as it tried to moor at a terminal off Huntington Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1990 | LAURA MICHAELIS and MARLA CONE
The city will join the state attorney general's lawsuit against the three companies involved in the February oil spill off Huntington Beach earlier this year. "We decided to consolidate with the attorney general's office to seek further damages for the oil spill," City Manager Robert L. Wynn said. "It would be my guess that a trial would be a year to two years away."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
The City Council this week agreed to accept a $431,653 payment from British Petroleum to cover the city's costs for emergency response and cleanup related to the Feb. 6 oil spill. The agreement, in which British Petroleum acknowledges no responsibility for the disaster, is a full settlement of the city's claim against the oil company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1993 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after the American Trader tanker ran aground off Huntington Beach, the four companies involved in the oil spill are no closer to settling a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by government prosecutors. Back in January, 1991, when the civil suit was filed, the oil and shipping companies as well as the state attorney general seemed eager to negotiate and avoid a long, messy trial.
NEWS
January 5, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local prosecutors are seeking millions of dollars in damages and fines from BP America Inc. and two other companies to compensate for the February oil spill that blackened Orange County's beaches, killed birds and marine life and shut down its popular harbors. A long-awaited civil suit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, comes 11 months after the American Trader spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude oil as it tried to moor at a terminal off Huntington Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1990 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and federal officials are planning to ask the public how Orange County's coastal community should be compensated for the damage and disruption it suffered in February's Huntington Beach oil spill. They have scheduled a public hearing in Huntington Beach on Sept. 13 as a step toward a lawsuit that is expected to be filed on behalf of the public against the companies responsible for the Feb. 7 tanker accident that fouled 15 miles of Orange County's shoreline.
NEWS
September 2, 1990 | MARLA CONE and BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Six months ago, streams of yellow police tape were strung along 15 miles of oil-soaked beaches like a grim warning, keeping people away from Orange County's most notorious crime scene. All over this ocean-side city, people talked--in coffee shops, in press conferences, in City Hall chambers--about the crime against nature, when crude oil gushed from a ruptured tanker onto the beaches on Feb. 7. And they vowed to never let it happen again.
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