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June 21, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Huntington Beach councilman who campaigned against development of fragile Bolsa Chica was in court Tuesday on charges that he polluted nearly 14 acres of wetlands there. John A. Thomas, who served on the council from 1978 to 1986, faces 33 felony counts of dumping into national waters, one felony count of dumping oil and a misdemeanor count of altering a stream bed. "The damage is extensive," said Capt. Steve Edinger of the state Department of Fish and Game.
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June 21, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Huntington Beach councilman who campaigned against development of fragile Bolsa Chica was in court Tuesday on charges that he polluted nearly 14 acres of wetlands there. John A. Thomas, who served on the council from 1978 to 1986, faces 33 felony counts of dumping into national waters, one felony count of dumping oil and a misdemeanor count of altering a stream bed. "The damage is extensive," said Capt. Steve Edinger of the state Department of Fish and Game.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1988
Residents who have been battling nearly two years to block a $25-million oil-drilling project proposed for their neighborhood by Angus Petroleum will lobby for citizen support at a meeting Aug. 17. Members of Concerned Citizens of Huntington Beach will speak at the 7:30 p.m. monthly meeting of Huntington Beach Tomorrow, an organization that advocates controlled growth and traffic. The meeting will be held at 18460 Gothard St. and those attending should bring a chair.
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May 4, 1988
The City Council voted Monday night to revoke permits it issued to Angus Petroleum Corp. in September, settling a lawsuit filed by residents opposed to the firm's $25-million oil-drilling project in their neighborhood. But the legal drama that for 18 months has pitted residents against the city and a big oil company is probably not over. The Colorado-based Angus has said it will file new applications for permission to drill up to 60 new wells at its site.
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February 22, 1987 | Times staff writers Lanie Jones, Bill Billiter and Ray Perez compiled the Week in Review stories.
Worried about the prospect of up to 60 new oil wells in their midst, Huntington Beach residents got a reprieve when Angus Petroleum withdrew a controversial, $25-million drilling plan. In his letter to the city, Angus Vice President John C. Carmichael said that "as a result of citizen input" the company was "incorporating major changes in the project" and would return to the city Planning Commission with a new plan.
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November 5, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
One candidate has raised nearly $50,000 to win one of four seats on the City Council in Tuesday's election. Others plan on raising nothing or spending as little as possible. Compared to past council races when candidates raised upward of $80,000, campaign fund raising and spending is down this year. Some of the 22 candidates have refused to accept financial contributions. A few are amassing political war chests of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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February 15, 1987 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
Angus Petroleum has withdrawn a controversial plan to drill up to 60 oil wells in a residential area of Huntington Beach, a $25-million project that had been set for a City Council vote Tuesday. Instead, Angus plans to return to the city with a new plan. In a letter to the city, Angus Vice President John C. Carmichael wrote, "As a result of citizen input and ongoing engineering studies, we are in the process of incorporating major changes in the project."
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June 4, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON
In an eleventh-hour scramble in his bid for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, Huntington Beach Councilman Jim Silva has dipped into his family savings for a $30,000 loan. With only a weekend remaining before Election Day, Silva said Friday the loan was necessary to "defend myself against attack mail" being circulated by opponents, specifically Huntington Beach businesswoman Haydee V. Tillotson.
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June 21, 2000
A former Huntington Beach councilman who campaigned against development of fragile Bolsa Chica was in court Tuesday facing felony charges that he polluted nearly 14 acres of wetlands there. John A. Thomas, who served on the council from 1978 to 1986, faces 33 felony counts of dumping into national waters, one felony count of dumping oil and a misdemeanor count of altering a stream bed. "The damage is extensive," said Capt. Steve Edinger of the state Department of Fish and Game.
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November 4, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Charges of polluting the fragile Bolsa Chica wetlands were dropped this week against an oil rig owner and former Huntington Beach city councilman after he paid $50,000 to settle the case. John A. Thomas, 66, who ran unsuccessfully for county supervisor on a pro-environment platform in 1994, operated about 50 oil wells in the Huntington Beach wetlands.
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October 22, 1986 | ROXANA KOPETMAN and RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writers
An oil company has received the go-ahead to install up to 60 wells on property in Huntington Beach surrounded by homes whose owners expressed bitter disappointment Tuesday about the city's approval of the project. The homeowners also questioned whether a possible conflict-of-interest should invalidate a key vote in the split decision approving the proposal by Angus Petroleum Corp.
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