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NATIONAL
July 18, 2010 | By Richard Fausset and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A crucial two-day test of BP's troubled gulf oil well was extended Saturday by 24 hours to give experts time to further study pressure readings that could determine whether it is safe to keep a tight seal on top of the well — and keep all of the oil bottled inside. Former U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is heading the federal government's response to the spill, said in a written statement that 48 hours of testing had provided "valuable information which will inform the procedure to kill the well," but said that federal experts wanted more time to continue monitoring the results.
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NATIONAL
May 16, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall and Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Biologist Dennis Takahashi-Kelso peered into the cobalt waters of the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles off the Louisiana coast. The only sign of pollution was a plastic bag floating beneath the surface. More than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, resulting in a leak spewing 210,000 gallons of crude per day into the gulf, the fouled beaches and dead seabirds that are the hallmarks of catastrophic spills have yet to materialize. But Takahashi-Kelso, who was Alaska's commissioner of Environmental Conservation at the time of the Exxon Valdez disaster, warned: "It's going to be bad."
OPINION
October 25, 2002
The cheapest and best way to defeat terrorism is to become independent of oil. Harry Levin Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1986
I disagree with your editorial. Let's get gasoline cheaper. Let's cap all of our domestic oil wells, and conserve oil, and buy gasoline at the cheapest service stations, and drive the price down to 40 cents a gallon. Let's drain other countries dry of their oil and save ours for the future. The trade deficits will be an academic question when we have oil in the next century, while no other nation does. BARRY KRAUSE Santa Monica
BUSINESS
December 15, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles even though almost no manufacturer requires such an aggressive oil-change schedule. The long-held notion that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is so prevalent that California officials have launched a campaign to stop drivers from wasting millions of gallons of oil annually because they have their vehicles serviced too often. "Our survey data found that nearly half of California drivers are still changing their oil at 3,000 miles or even sooner," said Mark Oldfield, a spokesman for the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, which has launched the Check Your Number campaign to encourage drivers to go with the manufacturer's recommendations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992
Who are we kidding? California will get tens of thousands of jobs from the destruction of the last really wild area on the continent? Maybe. Maybe there's oil. Chances are a lot longer that there's neither oil nor jobs. If you believe this claim about jobs from slick oil Gov. Hickel, we have the Golden Gate bridge for sale, cheap. SALLY M. REID Sierra Club National Alaska Task Force Pine Mountain, Calif.
TRAVEL
August 6, 1995
While reading with the greatest pleasure the Taste of Travel piece ("Home Grown"), I noted the reference to macadamia nut oil. This oil, which is excellent for salads and cooking, is more widely available than the writer thought. Mrs. Gooch's Natural Foods Markets carry it. ZITA CARNO West Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By David Colker
Augusto Odone, whose battle to find a treatment for his son's rare disease was the basis for the 1992 film "Lorenzo's Oil," died Thursday in Italy. He was 80 and had been suffering from heart problems and other ailments, according to his daughter, Cristina. Odone, portrayed in the film by Nick Nolte, was told by doctors in 1984 that his young son, Lorenzo, would lose all his physical functions and die in just a few years of ALD, a degenerative condition that attacks the central nervous system.
WORLD
March 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexican officials said state oil monopoly Pemex is in "critical" condition, as the country's proven reserves fell from the equivalent of 9.7 years of production to 9.3, and daily oil output declined by 2.3% to about 3.2 million barrels in 2006. In an unusually critical assessment, officials said the company had to become more efficient, increase exploration and open itself to outside expertise and investment. Mexico is the No. 2 supplier of oil to the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2001
Re "OPEC Cut Cited in Call to Boost U.S. Oil Output," March 18: Instead of boosting U.S. oil output by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham should consider diverting the North Slope oil that we're now selling to Japan to the U.S. Has anyone considered this, or would it perhaps cause too great a disruption to oil companies' profits? An easy way to reduce oil consumption is to take a lesson from the time of the last oil shortage: Reduce the national speed limit to 55 mph. Everyone will scream, especially the truckers, but I find that when I cruise my Dodge Caravan at 75 mph on a flat freeway, I get around 15-17 mpg. When I drive at 55 mph my mileage goes up to 23-27 mpg. That's about a 50% increase in mileage and a 33% decrease in gasoline usage.
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