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February 9, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The oil spill that threatened Orange County beaches Thursday night appeared to be headed away from the Bolsa Chica wetlands, where thousands of birds nest and breed in one of California's largest ecological reserves.
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December 24, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 416,000 gallons of Alaskan crude fouled the Orange County coast in early 1990, hundreds of businesses, commercial fisherman and property owners went to court and sued for more than $14 million in damages. Douglas Edlund, a Corona del Mar real estate investor, asked for $6,500 in lost income from his oceanfront rental on 66th Street in Newport Beach. Mark Hendriks, a dory fisherman from Costa Mesa, sought roughly $30,000 in earnings he figures he lost. The State Fish Co.
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May 24, 1990 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Coast Guard, in a report issued Wednesday, officially blamed the February oil spill off Orange County on the oil company that operated the mooring where a tanker ran over its anchor and on the pilot who was guiding the ship. The accident occurred because Golden West Refining Co. failed to regularly survey the depth of the water surrounding its mooring 1.3 miles southwest of Huntington Beach, where the American Trader spilled 397,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean, the report said.
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November 5, 1999 | LOUISE ROUG and SEEMA MEHTA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A tugboat working on a dredging project in Anaheim Bay capsized Thursday morning, catapulting its three crew members into the water near the Seal Beach Naval Station, the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol reported. Sailors in a U.S. Coast Guard vessel on routine patrol saw the accident and rescued the tug crew. One was taken to the Seal Beach Maritime Medical Facility, where he was reported in stable condition with broken ribs and cuts.
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February 21, 1990 | JIM CARLTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A week-long federal survey to determine if ocean depth was a factor in the American Trader oil spill got off to a slow start Tuesday, in part because of electronic interference from a boat that was taking measurements for the owner of the mooring where the accident occurred.
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February 23, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The captain and mooring master of the American Trader, which spilled 394,000 gallons of oil into Orange County coastal waters on Feb. 7, were foolish to depend on 15-year-old charts for the area and bear most of the responsibility for the spill even if the charts they were using prove to be flawed, lawyers and shipping experts said Thursday.
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February 10, 1990 | RICHARD BEENE
The highest fine that can be levied against the firm determined to be responsible for the rupture of an oil tanker off the California coast is $250,000, officials said Friday. Cmdr. Scott Porter, a Coast Guard spokesman in Long Beach, said the Environmental Protection Agency would impose the fine only if the Coast Guard's maximum penalty--$5,000--is considered inadequate, "taking into account the magnitude of the spill." "I think we have to assume that ($5,000) isn't much for a major company. .
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February 13, 1990 | STEVEN R. CHURM and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Winds and tides worked in concert Monday to pushed bands of thick black crude oil onto Huntington and Bolsa Chica state beaches, producing the worst pollution yet from last week's 394,000-gallon spill off the Orange County coast. Overwhelmed by the onslaught of blackish goo that coated vast stretches of the state beaches north of the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier, officials rushed to deploy nearly 200 additional workers, increasing cleanup crews by a third.
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February 15, 1990 | MARIA NEWMAN and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Charging that their livelihoods have been jeopardized by maritime negligence, a dozen San Pedro-based gill-net fishermen Wednesday filed a $10-million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against the owner and leaseholder of the tanker that spilled nearly 400,000 gallons of oil off Huntington Beach last week. The lawsuit, the third brought against the American Trading Transportation Co.
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February 25, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A task force of public and private officials said Saturday that it may take at least another week before beaches closed by the Feb. 7 oil spill can be reopened. Although the task force reached agreement on what level of oil and other hydrocarbons found on the beaches will allow their reopening, officials said that water and ground testing probably will not begin until March 7, when the cleanup effort is expected to be completed.
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August 18, 1999 | IOANA PATRINGENARU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 40-foot commercial fishing boat ran aground in Huntington Beach on Tuesday after its skipper fell asleep, creating a spectacle that drew dozens of beachgoers and local residents. The Nancy D went aground near Goldenwest Street and Pacific Coast Highway around 8:30 a.m. In the early afternoon, the vessel was towed back to sea. "Fortunately, no one was hurt and there was no pollution," Huntington Beach Lifeguard Lt. Steve Davidson said.
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November 2, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new study of oil-doused brown pelicans cleaned and released after the infamous 1990 Huntington Beach oil spill paints a gloomy picture of their survival, showing that only a few lived more than one or two years after the incident. The study underscores the damage that oil spills inflict on feathered wildlife and also raises questions about the long-term success of efforts to clean birds and return them to the wild.
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February 7, 1993 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after the American Trader tanker ran aground off Huntington Beach, the four companies involved in the oil spill are no closer to settling a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by government prosecutors. Back in January, 1991, when the civil suit was filed, the oil and shipping companies as well as the state attorney general seemed eager to negotiate and avoid a long, messy trial.
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February 7, 1993 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after the American Trader tanker ran aground off the beach, the four companies involved in the oil spill are no closer to settling a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by government prosecutors. In January, 1991, when the suit was filed, the oil and shipping companies, as well as the state attorney general, seemed eager to negotiate and avoid a long, messy trial.
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September 24, 1992 | MARLA CONE
State officials on Wednesday adopted new regulations for marine oil terminals designed to prevent tanker accidents like the one that polluted the ocean off Huntington Beach in 1990. State Controller Gray Davis, who chairs the State Lands Commission, called the new rules "the toughest and most comprehensive oil spill prevention regulations in the world."
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September 2, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appellate court has ruled that a federal cleanup fund of $100 million may be used to help pay damages caused by the devastating 1990 oil spill in Huntington Beach. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court decision that the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Liability Fund may be held liable for the damages from the spill. "This decision will make it easier for people to collect money," said Deputy Atty. Gen.
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February 20, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
Less than 10 minutes after a gray Harbor Patrol boat pulled away the orange boom sheltering Newport Harbor, Colin McDonald and Brad Downey were at sea on their way to New Zealand. For more than a year, the Newport Harbor-based duo had planned a Feb. 17 departure aboard their 45-foot sailboat, Nipigon. But after the bon voyage party Saturday, the four-man crew was stranded in the harbor.
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November 5, 1999 | LOUISE ROUG and SEEMA MEHTA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A tugboat working on a dredging project in Anaheim Bay capsized Thursday morning, catapulting its three crew members into the water near the Seal Beach Naval Station, the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol reported. Sailors in a U.S. Coast Guard vessel on routine patrol saw the accident and rescued the tug crew. One was taken to the Seal Beach Maritime Medical Facility, where he was reported in stable condition with broken ribs and cuts.
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January 5, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local prosecutors are seeking millions of dollars in damages and fines from BP America and two other companies for the massive oil spill last February that blackened Orange County's beaches, killed birds and marine life and shut down harbors. The long-expected civil suit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, comes 11 months after the tanker American Trader spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude oil as it tried to moor at a terminal off Huntington Beach.
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January 5, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local prosecutors are seeking millions of dollars in damages and fines from BP America Inc. and two other companies to compensate for the February oil spill that blackened Orange County's beaches, killed birds and marine life and shut down its popular harbors. A long-awaited civil suit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, comes 11 months after the American Trader spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude oil as it tried to moor at a terminal off Huntington Beach.
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