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January 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Officials on Monday were assessing the damage after an oil tanker crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, with initial reports indicating the vessel did not appear to be leaking. The 752-foot Overseas Reymar hit the tower just west of Yerba Buena Island as it headed to sea after delivering cargo, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Lansing said at a news conference. Lansing said fog had diminished visibility at the time of the accident to about a quarter of a mile, but that there are no sight restrictions on vessels passing under the bridge in that location.
September 10, 2012 | Shashank Bengali
To continue selling crude oil to India, Iran is accepting payment in rice, medicine, engineering supplies and steel. To sell to China, its No. 1 customer, Iran is delivering the oil on its own tankers backed by state insurance, not on the commercial tankers used in the past. Japan remains so eager to buy from Tehran that the government in Tokyo is furnishing the multibillion-dollar marine insurance its ships need to carry Iranian crude. Despite what the Obama administration calls some of the toughest economic sanctions ever imposed, including a European Union oil embargo and a U.S. ban on financial institutions doing business with Iran's central bank, Tehran is finding legal ways to sell or barter oil to its most important markets in Asia.
September 2, 2012 | By Ruben Vives and Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Firefighters late Sunday were continuing to battle a blaze in the Angeles National Forest that had scorched more than 3,600 acres and forced the evacuation of campgrounds known to draw up to 12,000 visitors on Labor Day weekend. As of late Sunday, there were no reports of injuries or property damage caused by the fire, which started about 2:15 p.m. in the San Gabriel mountains north of Azusa. The fire was pushing north on steep terrain toward the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area and was about 5% contained, said John Wagner, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.
August 4, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The Aquarium of the Pacific may finally get a direct line to the ocean. For years the Long Beach attraction has filled its complex of fish tanks and marine habitats with saltwater delivered by tanker truck or barge at a cost of up to $500,000 a year. Now, the aquarium and the city of Long Beach want to draw water directly from the sea, sucking in 50,000 gallons a day with a pump mounted under a fishing pier at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. The California Coastal Commission is recommending approval of the aquarium's new seawater intake system, with the panel scheduled to vote on the plan at its meeting Wednesday in Santa Cruz.
March 20, 2012 | By Pat Benson
The notorious Exxon Valdez, responsible for the biggest oil spill in U.S. history until the BP disaster two years ago, is being scrapped. The tanker, renamed the Oriental Nicety and converted into an ore carrier, was sold by Cosco for about $16 million to Maryland-based Global Marketing Systems Inc., Bloomberg News reports.  The 1989 Valdez spill dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's pristine Prince William Sound, damaging 700...
December 19, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
The 60 Freeway near Montebello will be closed at night through Tuesday so workers can finish demolishing the Paramount Boulevard overpass damaged by the massive tanker explosion last week. The California Department of Transportation also plans nightly lane closures on the 5 and 405 freeways for scheduled repairs and maintenance over the next few weeks, probably leading to scattered traffic snarls during the holiday period. All westbound lanes of the 60 between the 605 interchange and the 710 will be shut down from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for three consecutive nights, Caltrans said.
December 18, 2011 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The Eastside's version of "Carmageddon" came to an end Saturday when Caltrans reopened the 60 Freeway in both directions. The freeway, which normally carries about 225,000 cars a day, had been closed since Wednesday after a tanker truck carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline caught fire. It exploded in a fireball under the Paramount Boulevard overpass in Montebello. The ferocious flames took hours to extinguish. No one was hurt in the fire, but the closure of a key traffic artery clogged highways and surface streets for miles around and made for nightmarish commutes.
December 15, 2011 | By Angel Jennings, Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A tanker truck filled with thousands of gallons of gasoline exploded on the 60 Freeway in Montebello early Wednesday afternoon, damaging the roadway and overpass and shutting down a major transportation artery in one of the busiest vehicle corridors in the nation. The 60 was closed in both directions between the 710 and 605 freeways. Late Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol said the freeway would remain closed at least through the Thursday morning commute. State transportation officials said Wednesday night that it was unclear when the stretch would be reopened.
October 21, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
It was just after sunrise on Dec. 23, 1941, when the tanker Montebello was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine just off the Central California coast, taking 3 million gallons of crude oil with it as it sank. All 38 crewmen aboard the Union Oil Co. of California vessel survived and rowed their way ashore. But since the World War II attack just weeks after Pearl Harbor, the tanker has rested 900 feet below the ocean surface off the coast of Cambria. In recent years, worries have mounted that if crude began to leak from the 440-foot vessel it could foul the state's waters and shoreline, creating an environmental catastrophe.
July 30, 2011 | By Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Forest Service is dropping one of its air tanker contracts, reducing the size of its aerial firefighting fleet with months left in California's fire season. Citing safety concerns, the agency announced Friday that it had canceled a contract with Aero Union Corp. of Chico, Calif., for the exclusive use of six P-3 tankers. "We can't in good conscience maintain an aviation contract where we feel lives may be put at risk due to inadequate safety practices," Tom Harbour, the Forest Service's fire and aviation director, said in a news release . Agency officials said they have a number of other tankers at their disposal along with nearly three dozen water-dropping helicopters.
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