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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2002 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A team of oil field disaster specialists extinguished an oil well fire near Castaic, nearly three days after a wellhead explosion killed one man and left another badly burned, officials said Tuesday. Boots & Coots International Well Control used drilling lubrication fluid, called "mud," to smother the fire late Monday, officials said.
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January 18, 1987 | BOB DVORCHAK, Associated Press
In this pastoral village near the birthplace of the oil industry, residents are angry about what is coming out of the ground. Two years ago, after a drilling company punched oil wells in the ridge above their homes, the water turned salty and smelly, they say. They hauled in water for drinking, cooking and bathing. They complained of pitted spigots, green crystals caked on pipes, ruined steam irons, grubby laundry and rust on stainless steel sinks.
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June 7, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With 200 pounds of TNT and awesome artistry, Coots Matthews bombed the oil fire at Magwa Well No. 40 out of existence Thursday. The earth quaked under blackened desert sands. Within milliseconds, the 50-foot fountain of flame was transformed into a searing black gusher. Clouds of crude oil chased plumes of black smoke and white steam across an eerie landscape of oily lakes, blazing wells and the burned hulks of Iraqi trucks, bunkers and antiaircraft guns. Matthews, partner in Boots & Coots Co.
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August 20, 1987 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
The Redevelopment Agency has taken its boldest step so far in restricting oil field operations, approving a policy that increases annual well fees by 300% and gives the city power to make operators pay for the costs of abandoned wells. City officials are eager to change the image of Santa Fe Springs from that of an aging oil town to one of attractive commercial developments. Oil field operations generate just $160,000 in annual revenue--a small fraction of the city's $21-million budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Castaic oil-well fire that erupted Saturday, killing one man and badly burning another, is expected to be extinguished late Tuesday, authorities said. Crews spent Sunday dousing the blaze with water from a fire engine, said Capt. Brian Jordan of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The explosion, which is under investigation, killed a 43-year-old worker who has yet to be identified, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the county coroner's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1993 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Suppose you had a money machine that pumped dollars to the bank. Suppose you found out that the line had fouled: The pool of money was still there, but it couldn't get to the bank. You'd fix that line quickly, right? That's just what the City Council did when it was informed this week that three city-owned oil wells haven't been able to deliver black gold since November because of a damaged underground pipeline. As a result, city government has been losing $35,000 a month in oil income.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1995 | DEBRA CANO and MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fire officials this week have shut down 10 downtown oil wells operated by South Coast Oil Corp., following a Jan. 8 fire caused by an apparent illegal gas line running from one of the wells, authorities said. There are 41 oil wells in the downtown area--all but 10 operating in compliance with city code--and about 600 wells citywide, including offshore oil platforms, they said. Most were set up in the 1950s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1992 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Threatened closure of up to 50 working oil wells that pump black gold from beneath downtown Los Angeles may send crude oil seeping into homes, businesses and neighborhood streets, state and local officials warned Wednesday. The wells are owned or operated by Manley Oil Co., which is up for sale and on the verge of bankruptcy. If no buyer is found, the company would be forced to cap the wells--with potentially disastrous results, the owner said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2004 | Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writer
Officials investigating the recent eruption of an abandoned Huntington Beach oil well have discovered two aboveground tanks filled with petroleum-based sludge but said they pose little danger for residents and a nearby school. The 4,000-gallon tanks, on the former Ascon landfill at Hamilton and Magnolia avenues, are filled with a blend of crude oil, refined motor oil and water, officials said. A second round of testing this week will determine the exact contents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1996 | MARTHA WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long-abandoned oil wells in the pristine Santa Clarita Woodlands Park have been plugged to halt potentially harmful leaks under a project directed by a state conservation agency. A total of 19 wells--most drilled around the turn of the century in the once oil-rich canyons--were discovered at the 3,500-acre park, owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. All but one of the wells have now been sealed, said Patrick Kinnear, a district deputy for the state Department of Conservation.
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