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SCIENCE
May 25, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
As early as Wednesday, BP will begin its first attempt to seal the deep ocean well that is spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, using a series of high-risk maneuvers that has never been attempted at such depths. The so-called top kill effort is increasingly crucial for BP, which has come under attack in recent days from Obama administration officials and Gulf Coast states frustrated with the company's inability to cap the well and stop the worsening environmental disaster. BP officials were running diagnostics Tuesday on the blowout preventer above the leaking well, a final step before the effort gets underway.
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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."
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.
NATIONAL
June 3, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall and Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
BP engineers lowered a cap over the top of the company's blown-out well Thursday night, an important step in efforts to contain the thousands of barrels of oil spewing daily into the Gulf of Mexico. "The placement of the containment cap is another positive development in BP's most recent attempt to contain the leak; however, it will be some time before we can confirm that this method will work and to what extent it will mitigate the release of oil into the environment," Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the spill, said in a written statement.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
In another subsea attempt to control its gushing well, BP began a risky procedure Saturday that could contain all of the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico within a week. But the around-the-clock procedure comes with a price: Millions of gallons of oil will flow into the gulf for at least two days until a new cap is mounted. Although it's the latest in a series of attempts to contain the gusher, it's not a final fix. By Saturday afternoon, robots had removed a containment cap from the leaking well, a move that caused oil to freely gush into the ocean.
OPINION
October 25, 2002
The cheapest and best way to defeat terrorism is to become independent of oil. Harry Levin Woodland Hills
BUSINESS
February 24, 2012 | Bloomberg
Oil extended the longest rally in two years as tensions with Iran threatened supplies while signs of economic growth boosted the outlook for demand. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index closed at the highest level since June 2008. Crude for April delivery rose for a seventh day, increasing 1.8% to $109.77 a barrel, the highest settlement since May 3. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index increased 0.2% to 1,365.74 after earlier rallying as much as 0.4%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 1.74 points to 12,982.95, retreating from an almost four-year high.
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
May 25, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Idled fishermen, oil-slathered pelicans, tar balls washing up on beaches: The daily deluge of sad images from the Gulf of Mexico aren't exactly a choice backdrop for a pro-oil political campaign, especially in an environmentally sensitive California beach town. But on June 8, just seven weeks after the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, Carpinteria voters will decide on an oil company's bid to expand its operations in the Santa Barbara Channel. If it succeeds, an initiative by Denver-based Venoco Inc. will pave the way for an onshore drilling rig that would extend pipes into the ocean floor and suck out as many as 11,000 barrels of oil a day. Located at a facility Venoco has owned since 1999, the initial exploratory rig would be about 17 stories tall and stay in place for up to a year.
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.
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