CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 |
Carson city officials are seeking to declare a local emergency in an effort to pressure the state and an oil company to speed the cleanup of a contaminated housing tract where residents have been advised not to eat vegetables or fruit from their yards and to limit contact with the soil. Testing in 2008 revealed that the soil and groundwater beneath many of the 285 homes in the Carousel tract, which sits atop a former Shell Oil tank farm, contain benzene and petroleum. The oil company, which owned the land before it was developed into homes and which state officials said was responsible for its cleanup, has said that the chemicals do not pose an immediate health risk.
January 6, 2013 |
Rescuers attached a tow line Sunday evening to an oil barge stranded against the rocky shore of an island off the coast of Alaska. But the delicate next steps, in which rescuers try to pull the slightly damaged barge to safety 30 miles away without losing any of its oil, were still uncertain. The Kulluk, a 266-foot barge fresh off its inaugural drilling expedition in the Arctic for Shell, broke free from its tow lines in rough weather and hit ground submerged just off the shoreline of Sitkalidak Island on Dec. 31. The barge remained upright but was partially damaged by waves.
January 6, 2013 |
A week after the Shell oil barge Kulluk hit shore near Kodiak Island, Alaska, officials are waiting on the weather to attempt a high-stakes rescue. The Kulluk, a 266-foot barge fresh off its inaugural drilling expedition in the Arctic, broke free from its tow lines in rough weather and hit the rocky shore on Sitkalidak Island hours before Alaskans rang in the New Year. The Kulluk remained grounded there Sunday, along with its 150,000 gallons of diesel and roughly 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid, as Shell and Coast Guard officials made preparations to tow the barge 30 miles to safe harbor in Kiliuda Bay, Alaska.
September 2, 2012
The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska just isn't what it used to be - or rather, what we thought it was. Until about two years ago, the 23-million-acre spread of land was thought to hold a treasure-trove of 10.6 billion barrels of black gold. Then research by the U.S. Geological Survey brought the figure way down, to less than a tenth of that amount. Yet the reserve is rich in other features, among them wildlife and the fragile ecosystems in which it lives. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wisely recognized both kinds of resources in drafting the first comprehensive plan for the reserve.
August 31, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane Isaac is over , but the misery isn't, especially for people like Samuel George, who was displaced twice in the chaos -- first when water swamped his home and again Friday when the shelter he was in shut down. "I probably will never actually go home again," the slightly built man in an oversized shirt and pants said as he stood outside the YMCA in Belle Chasse, La. The city is in Plaquemines Parish, an area outside the federal levee zone that protected New Orleans and the site of some of the worst and most dramatic flooding.
August 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Friday said that it would grant Royal Dutch Shell a one-year air pollution permit for an Arctic drilling rig, further bolstering the possibility that over the next two months Shell will start its controversial project to drill for oil off the Alaska coast . The Environmental Protection Agency granted the permit in response to a Shell request for a waiver from current air pollution regulations for the...