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May 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Some El Paso Corp. employees used "aggressive" and "unsupported" methods to book oil and natural gas reserves from 1999 to 2003, the company said Monday, confirming that it would restate figures for that period. An independent review found that employees provided estimates "they knew or should have known were incorrect," the Houston-based company said. The review also revealed that certain employees used "aggressive and, at times, unsupported methods to book proved reserves" from 1999 to 2003.
March 11, 2004 | From Reuters
El Paso Corp., an energy company struggling to return to financial health, said Wednesday that it was likely to restate past results because of the reduction of its estimated proven natural gas reserves. The company also said its reserves review would indefinitely delay the release of its fourth-quarter results, which had been expected today, as well as the filing of its 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
January 14, 2004 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration has indefinitely postponed efforts to establish a necklace of no-fishing marine reserves along the California coast, saying budget shortfalls make it unfeasible to finish the plan to help marine life recover from near collapse.
March 30, 2003
Re "A Sellout, or Just Practical?" (March 14): Almost seven years ago, The Times praised the creation of the 37,000-acre Nature Reserve of Orange County, noting that "Orange County has been a spawning ground for new ways of thinking about the coexistence of development and environmental protection." Having celebrated the creation of the reserve in 1996, it is all the more disappointing that a Times reporter would all but dismiss the significance of Orange County's most impressive and comprehensive effort at habitat and species preservation.
February 4, 2003 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana is poised to begin an ambitious restoration project that will transform a portion of the park around Santiago Creek into the city's first nature reserve at a cost of $1.3 million. "We're very excited," said Patrick Mitchell, the city's park naturalist overseeing the project, which was first envisioned in 1996. That year the city adopted a master plan to refurbish the 33-acre strip of open space between the Santa Ana and Garden Grove freeways.
November 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A wildlife preserve near Lake Isabella, northeast of Bakersfield, will be expanded by nearly half, thanks to state funds. The California Wildlife Conservation Board has agreed to spend $795,000 to add 680 acres to the Canebrake Ecological Reserve, a 1,400-acre wildlife preserve managed by the California Department of Fish and Game. The purchase from unnamed property owners is expected to be completed in January. The land is key for wildlife moving between the U.S.
October 24, 2002 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
SANTA BARBARA -- The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday permanently banned fishing from 175 square miles of ocean around the Channel Islands, approving one of the largest marine reserves in U.S. waters. The decision culminated four years of scientific and public study and debate over the wisdom of substituting traditional fishing restrictions, such as size and catch limits on selected fish, with a reserve system that protects all forms of marine life.
Trekking through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Shalene George keeps her eyes trained on the beaten path before her, pointing out blurry treads of mountain bike tires, spotty traces of hiking boots and running sneakers, and endless patterns of dog paws. Evidence of man and man's best friend might be obvious to even the casual observer along these dusty trails. But this sleuthing biologist is also hunting for other signs of life, and it isn't long before she spots a welcome set of footprints.
October 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Fires have burned in a northern Chinese nature reserve for nearly two months, destroying thousands of acres of parched marshlands that are home to a rare crane, a park management official said. Record low rainfall and the draining of waters for agriculture have left the Zhalong Natural Reserve tinder-dry, said the official, who gave his surname, Pang. The fires started Aug. 27 and spread across 33,000 acres of marsh, he said.
Small fishing boats anchor in clear blue waters off the sandy beach. Fishermen huddle around huge yellow nylon nets, searching for holes. Music blares from thatched-hut restaurants that line the shore. It's the end of another lazy day in Taganga, a village nestled in brown foothills along the Caribbean coast of Colombia. For those who like their tourism unvarnished, it's a paradise, a Puerto Vallarta of 50 years ago.
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