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January 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Divers sealed a broken oil pipeline after about 44,500 gallons leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said. The spill about 30 miles south of Galveston, which started Dec. 24, was expected to have minimal effect on the environment. The oil continued to move away from land and was quickly dispersing, the Coast Guard said.
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OPINION
February 5, 2014
Re "The future of Keystone XL," Editorial, Feb. 4 The Times writes: "If developed nations had started earlier … oil pipelines and Arctic drilling rigs would hold little attraction. " Given no credit, Jimmy Carter did start early. He is responsible for federal standards to increase fuel efficiency, and he invested in green energy, putting solar panels on the White House. (Ronald Reagan promptly removed them.) Now, about that pipeline. Severe water shortages are inevitable in the next decade, as reservoirs and aquifers are quickly depleted.
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BUSINESS
August 19, 1999 | Stephen Gregory
Chicago-based GATX Corp., which operates a network of oil pipelines in the Los Angeles harbor area, was ordered to spend $750,000 to upgrade its system as part of a court settlement of felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an oil leak last year in Wilmington. Compton Superior Court Judge Rose Hom also ordered the company to pay $90,000 in punitive damages resulting from a pin-hole-size leak in a pipeline that trickled hundreds of gallons of oil into Compton Creek late last summer.
OPINION
February 2, 2014
The State Department is probably right to conclude, as it did Friday, that the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project would have a negligible effect on climate change. Even though the extraction of the oil would certainly cause significant pollution, Keystone XL would be only one of many dirty oil operations around the world. What's more, stopping the pipeline, which is expected to carry 83,000 barrels of oil each day 1,700 miles from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast, wouldn't stop the extraction.
WORLD
March 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia, Greece and Bulgaria signed a deal to build a 175-mile pipeline to transport Russian oil to a port in northern Greece, a pact that the three governments hailed as helping to secure Western oil supplies. The pipeline from Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas will transport crude to the port of Alexandroupolis. The project will improve networks in southeastern Europe that transport oil and gas from the Caspian Sea region to the European Union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. today to accept testimony on the proposed Pacific Pipeline, a 171-mile line that would transport crude oil from north of Santa Barbara through Ventura County and south to Wilmington in Los Angeles County. The Ventura hearing is the fourth in a series of five presented by the California Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to make a decision on the project later this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1987 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley has decided to oppose as environmentally too risky a planned $225-million crude oil pipeline that would run beneath 13 cities, including parts of Glendale, Burbank and several miles of Los Angeles, The Times has learned. Bradley, who has remained noncommittal over the controversial Angeles Pipeline, will announce his opposition at a City Hall news conference scheduled for this morning after deciding sometime last week to speak out against the project, sources said.
NEWS
June 18, 1994
William Theo Eskew, 74, the former president and chief executive officer of Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines. A native of Anderson, S.C., Eskew attended Clemson University, served as a Navy officer during World War II and completed a mechanical engineering degree at Duke University. He was president of Santa Fe Pacific's predecessor company, Southern Pipe Lines, and helped engineer its 1983 merger with Santa Fe Industries, which created the current company. Eskew was active in the Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
Although the Mobil Oil Corp. pipeline that ruptured twice last month in the San Fernando Valley meets all safety regulations, members of a state Senate committee expressed doubt Thursday that future accidents can be avoided. Two members of the Senate Committee on Toxics and Public Safety Management held a public hearing in Van Nuys on the Sept. 10 and Sept. 27 pipeline ruptures and called for more frequent and thorough safety testing of oil pipelines in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1994
The rupture of an oil pipeline during the Northridge earthquake has prompted some residents and public officials to call for extra safeguards on the lines that cross underneath the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. When the Jan. 17 quake fractured an Arco pipeline on Wolfskill Street in San Fernando, the crude caught fire, seriously burned a man and charred 17 cars and a house.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - About sundown one Sunday in September, North Dakota farmer Steven Jensen noticed that his combine was running over wet, squishy earth in a wheat field he was harvesting. When he took a closer look, he saw that oil had coated the wheels and that it was bubbling up about 6 inches high in spots. That was Sept. 29; Jensen contacted authorities immediately. At least 20,600 barrels of oil leaked onto the Jensens' land from a pipeline owned by Tesoro Logistics, one of the largest land-based spills in recent history.
WORLD
August 7, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials long have said that Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen had eclipsed the global terrorism network's core leadership in Pakistan as the chief threat to American facilities and interests. Recent events, including the Obama administration's decision to temporarily shutter more than two dozen diplomatic missions around the globe, have brought that claim into stark relief. In the latest developments Wednesday, a suspected U.S. drone strike killed seven more alleged Al Qaeda militants traveling in two cars in southern Yemen, the fifth such attack in less than two weeks.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Friday he wanted to put more Americans to work by slashing the amount of time it takes to grant federal approval for big job-creating projects. But Obama's choice of venue for his remarks - a Baltimore company that makes mining and pumping equipment - provided fodder for Republicans. They noted that the company president had, just the day before, testified on Capitol Hill in support of the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration has delayed for years over environmental concerns.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
This year President Obama will decide whether to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico. Few environmental issues in recent years have engendered so much passion and debate. The pipeline would facilitate the transportation of a particularly thick type of oil, oil sands crude, from Canada to U.S. ports. What is oil sands crude? It is a tar-like substance containing bitumen, extracted from the boreal forests of western Canada by strip mining.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A long-awaited State Department review of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline released Friday concludes that he project would have minimal impact on the environment, increasing the chances it could be approved in the coming months. The State Department underscored that the study, a supplemental environmental impact statement, is a draft and that it does not offer recommendations for action on the $7-billion project, which would bring petroleum from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2012 | By Matt Pearce and Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A major rival to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project is vastly boosting its U.S. pipeline system, but it's avoiding the same scrutiny that federal regulators, environmentalists and landowners are giving Keystone owner TransCanada Corp. Enbridge Inc. is proceeding largely unencumbered with plans to spend $8.8 billion in the U.S. to transport greater volumes of petroleum to the Gulf Coast and other markets than TransCanada would with its Keystone XL pipeline project from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast.
NEWS
February 6, 1988 | DONALD WOUTAT, Times Staff Writer
The abandonment of a proposed Iraqi pipeline project that has involved U.S. Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III in controversy has not prevented Iraq from dramatically increasing its network of pipelines to export the crude oil that finances its war against Iran. The recent growth of the pipeline network in Iraq and the region is viewed as a plus for the energy security of the United States and other oil-importing nations, because it diminishes the chance of supply interruptions.
NEWS
April 23, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles city attorney's office is expected today to recommend that the City Council accept a settlement allowing construction of a controversial pipeline that would pump hot crude oil from Kern County through the San Fernando Valley to refineries in Wilmington. The council will have its legal back against the wall when it considers the settlement because a Superior Court ruling in January gave owners of the Pacific Pipeline eminent domain powers to build the line under city streets.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
The on-again, off-again Keystone XL pipeline gained new traction in Nebraska on Wednesday. State legislators authorized the state Department of Environmental Quality to begin evaluating options for a new route outside the sensitive Nebraska Sandhills , the marshy hills and grasslands that lie atop the nation's most important agricultural aquifer. Critics of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast, say the legislation amounts to a rubber stamp for TransCanada.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2012 | By Richard Simon and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
With gas prices becoming a high-octane campaign issue, the Democratic-led Senate defeated a Republican effort Thursday to advance the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The vote to attach the project to a must-pass transportation bill required 60 votes to advance. It received 56, with 11 Democrats joining Republicans in support; 42 senators voted no. President Obama had called senators to urge a no vote. "We hope that the Congress will ... not waste its time with ineffectual, sham legislation," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
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