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December 28, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY and JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Estimates of crude oil lost from a pipeline rupture at McGrath State Beach near Oxnard increased eightfold Monday, to about 84,000 gallons, as authorities revealed that the leak may have occurred many hours--or even days--before it was discovered Christmas morning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State water regulators said Thursday that it could take months to identify hundreds of suspected chromium 6 polluters--and up to five years to clean those sites of the suspected carcinogen in soil and water. "Our ability to do more is limited to our staff availability," Dennis Dickerson, executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, said at a hearing on the issue in Camarillo.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State water regulators said Thursday that it could take months to identify hundreds of suspected chromium 6 polluters--and up to five years to clean those sites of the suspected carcinogen in soil and water. "Our ability to do more is limited to our staff availability," Dennis Dickerson, executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, said at a hearing on the issue in Camarillo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2000
Citing a pattern of chronic pollution violations, state water quality authorities have hit operators of a local sewage plant with fines for waste water releases they say exceed clean water limits. For the last 10 years, effluent from the plant often exceeded pollutant limits established to protect Calleguas Creek and ground water sources in the Las Posas Valley, which provide water for domestic use and irrigation, state water quality authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2000
Citing a pattern of chronic pollution violations, state water quality authorities have hit operators of a local sewage plant with fines for waste water releases they say exceed clean water limits. For the last 10 years, effluent from the plant often exceeded pollutant limits established to protect Calleguas Creek and ground water sources in the Las Posas Valley, which provide water for domestic use and irrigation, state water quality authorities said.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chevron Pays $6.5 Million for Dumping Violations: The oil company pleaded guilty to 65 misdemeanor violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from the dumping of oil and grease off the Ventura County coast in the 1980s. Raymond Galvin, president of Chevron USA Production Co., handed a check for $6.5 million to U.S. District Judge Harry Hupp in Los Angeles. The violations occurred from 1982 to 1987 at an oil platform 12 miles southwest of Ventura.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the death toll among birds and other wildlife inhabiting McGrath State Beach rose by the hour, crews made some progress Tuesday in cleaning up 84,000 gallons of runaway crude oil. Although a Bush Oil Co. spokesman said that more than 36,000 gallons of the thick black oil had been recovered so far, park officials moved to close four miles of Oxnard beaches as the cleanup continued there.
NEWS
July 23, 1992 | Special to The Times
Crude oil equivalent to 60 barrels or more has been found in creeks in the Ventura County mountains in the last two weeks, the result of a natural seepage that authorities believe was triggered by recent earthquakes. The oil, discovered July 8 in tributaries of the Santa Clara River, was removed before it could cause significant environmental damage, said Dave Schmidt, a spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cleanup workers armed with rakes and shovels fanned out along miles of coastline Monday as Bush Oil Co. executives admitted that their ruptured pipeline had unleashed far more heavy crude than first reported. Emergency crews numbering 300 or more are focusing cleanup efforts on two fronts--the McGrath Lake wetlands and seven miles of coastline stretching from the Pierpont area in Ventura south to Channel Islands Harbor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1991 | JULIO MORAN and MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A ruptured underground pipeline sent more than 63,000 gallons of oil oozing from beneath the driving range of the Valencia Country Club into the Santa Clara River Friday, leaving a sticky slick of black crude stretching eight miles into Ventura County. Officials said the spill was caused by a large crack in a 21-year-old section of the pipeline that feeds out of a Mobil Oil Corp. pumping station next to the golf course east of Interstate 5 near Six Flags Magic Mountain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1999 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A power failure at a municipal waste-water treatment plant Monday unleashed 250,000 gallons of raw sewage into the city's marina, forcing the closure of Ventura Harbor for the second time in a week. A contractor working near the treatment plant hit and damaged the main power line to the facility about 11:30 a.m., disabling the pump systems and forcing untreated waste water to gush out of manholes along Navigator Drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1998 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under mounting pressure to test and report dirty ocean water, local health officials are recommending that Ventura County begin a program to warn swimmers of pollution hazards at the beach. The issue is of paramount concern to surfers, boogie boarders and other beachgoers, as well as businesses dependent on miles of inviting shoreline to attract tourists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1998 | CATHY MURILLO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City officials grappling with the aftermath of an 86-million-gallon sewage spill are investigating a new report of contamination in Conejo Valley creeks. The report came from Westlake Village environmental attorney Edward Masry, who contends that high bacteria counts are the result of leaking municipal sewer lines. But state water quality officials say they believe that runoff--particularly from stables--is the culprit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1998
State water officials Tuesday ordered the city of Thousand Oaks to mend the breaks in a sewer main that has leaked about 50 million gallons of raw sewage, closing 29 miles of beaches including a stretch in Malibu from the county line to Point Dume. The Regional Water Quality Control Board in Los Angeles also ordered Thousand Oaks to clean up the mess downstream and make sure the pipeline does not break again.
NEWS
March 31, 1997 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura River runs wilder and the Santa Clara River flows longer and freer. But among the waterways of Ventura County, Calleguas Creek has its own dubious distinctions. The sloughs, washes and arroyos that snake from the rugged high lands above Somis, Moorpark, Camarillo, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks to form the Calleguas Creek Watershed are the county's most polluted.
NEWS
January 24, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An oil company agreed Thursday to pay $3.2 million in fines and restoration costs in connection with the worst oil spill in Ventura County history, an 84,000-gallon discharge of crude oil into a freshwater lake at McGrath State Beach in December 1993. Under the agreement announced by the state Department of Fish and Game's Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response, Taft-based Berry Petroleum Co.
NEWS
January 24, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An oil company agreed Thursday to pay $3.2 million in fines and restoration costs in connection with the worst oil spill in Ventura County history, an 84,000-gallon discharge of crude oil into a freshwater lake at McGrath State Beach in December 1993. Under the agreement announced by the state Department of Fish and Game's Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response, Taft-based Berry Petroleum Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1999 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A power failure at a municipal waste-water treatment plant Monday unleashed 250,000 gallons of raw sewage into the city's marina, forcing the closure of Ventura Harbor for the second time in a week. A contractor working near the treatment plant hit and damaged the main power line to the facility about 11:30 a.m., disabling the pump systems and forcing untreated waste water to gush out of manholes along Navigator Drive.
NEWS
March 21, 1994 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About six miles up the Ventura River Valley and just west of California 33 sits Foster Park, a river-side refuge where lovers court and swallows dart through the air. Under a canopy of giant sycamores, eucalyptus and oaks, this 200 acres of nature offers something few other parks in Southern California can--a river. But the Ventura River, with its brushy banks that give children a chance to trap a tadpole or listen to a symphony of chirping birds, also slakes a city's growing thirst.
NEWS
March 20, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State officials Saturday began investigating an oil spill flowing into the Santa Clara River and toward the ocean. The spill, 30,000 gallons of water mixed with light crude oil, wound its way down a remote Santa Paula canyon into the Santa Clara River after overflowing from a Unocal storage tank. "There's no doubt it's in the Santa Clara River and on its way to the ocean," said state Fish and Game Lt. Chris Long, who was assigned to the case Saturday.
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