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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Crews worked Tuesday to fix a fingertip-sized hole in an underground pipe that allowed about 1,200 gallons of crude oil to seep onto a quiet residential street in Wilmington. Phillips 66, which earlier in the day said it was almost positive that it was not to blame for the leak, later took responsibility and put the blame on one of its out-of-service pipes. Don Ellis, a hazardous-materials specialist with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said that when an underground oil pipeline is withdrawn from use, it is supposed to be capped and the material inside vacuumed out. Janet Grothe, a spokeswoman for Phillips 66, said the company would investigate why oil remained in the pipe, which she said was taken out of service before Phillips 66 acquired it. Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, who was touring the area, said the pipe had been withdrawn from service in 1998.
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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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A suspected drug lab at a home in Malibu caught fire and exploded Tuesday, injuring one person who had to be transported to the hospital via helicopter, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the home  in the 1200 block of Encinal Canyon Road shortly before 6:15 p.m. to find it fully engulfed in flames, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Authorities later discovered the substance “honey oil” -- a type of marijuana oil -- at the residence, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Fray Lupian told KTLA-TV . A 25-year-old man who was burned in the explosion and ensuing fire was airlifted to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, authorities said.
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
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.
SCIENCE
September 16, 2010 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Bacteria that attacked the plumes of oil and gas resulting from the Deepwater Horizon gusher in the Gulf of Mexico mainly digested natural gas spewing from the wellhead — propane, ethane and butane — rather than oil, according to a study published in the journal Science. The paper doesn't rule out the possibility that bacteria also are consuming oil from the spill, the authors said. Instead, it suggests that natural gas primed the growth of bacteria that may have gone on to digest "more complex hydrocarbons" — oil — as the spill aged and propane and ethane were depleted.
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.
OPINION
September 12, 2012
What a guy: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), arguing on behalf of proposals that would enrich his oil-slicked state by directing the federal government to hand over more royalty money from offshore drilling, said Louisiana deserves the cash because it bears the brunt of the risks from oil production. "So that's a sacrifice that we make for people [in places like] California to be able to turn on their lights," he said during a House debate. Thanks, congressman, but really, you needn't trouble yourself.
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