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CA - State, Feds Kick Off Slew of Investigations Into Orange County Oil Spill

This week, a host of different state and federal officeholders are launching investigations and oversight hearings after last week’s oil spill off of OC’s coast. Could their action spur the next environmental movement?

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Energy

CA - ‘Extremely Troubling’: Oil Pipeline Records Obtained by Voice of OC Prompt Questions as Congress Starts Probing

Congress is holding hearings today, tomorrow and Monday about potential law changes over the spill, which is drawing scrutiny of the original 1979 permit records obtained by Voice of OC.

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Energy

CA - Huntington Beach boomed thanks to oil. Now, many see it as blighted barrier to future

Strolling home from a beach yoga session near Lifeguard Tower 14, not far from the crews working to contain the massive oil spill from an offshore pipe, Julie Green passed a vestige of her city’s petroleum-steeped history.

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Advocacy

CA - Oceano Dunes again violates plover protection rules. Will it ever be held accountable?

Once again, California State Parks has been caught violating rules aimed at protecting threatened and endangered shore birds at the Oceano Dunes off-road vehicle park.

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Energy

CA - California's offshore oil rigs are decades old, and industry resists decommissioning them

Experts and environmental advocates say this aging infrastructure will likely spark more disasters in the years ahead — as oil companies face an uncertain future, are reluctant to invest in upgrades, and hand off assets to smaller and smaller companies.

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Engineering

CA - Scripps Institute of Oceanography leads state-funded coastal cliff collapse research

This research is the first step to the possible creation of an early warning system for cliff collapses.

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Energy

CA - Marine researchers focus on the tiniest victims of Orange County oil spill

LOS ANGELES — Until now, the story of the worst Southern California oil spill in decades has been told by gut-wrenching images oil-soaked birds, dying fish and fouled wetlands. However, these images reveal just part of the story, researchers say.

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Recreation

CA - Oceano Dunes off-roading group files new lawsuit against Coastal Commission

The off-roading advocacy group Friends of Oceano Dunes has filed another lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission for its March vote to ban off-highway vehicle recreation from most of the park by 2024.

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Energy

CA - How a coast crowded with ships, port gridlock and an anchor might have caused O.C. oil spill

A final determination for the cause of the spill could take months, but Coast Guard investigators have come up with no other explanation than anchor drag, federal sources said.

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Waterways

CA - Cargo-ship congestion is bringing more dirty air to Southern California

Those supply-chain problems you’ve heard about? They have consequences for public health.

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Recreation

CA - Why Capitola's Women on Waves is More Than Just a Surf Contest

Local event goes international with a focus on inclusion, conservation and community

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Energy

CA - Ship's anchor may have caused massive oil spill off the coast of Southern California

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A ship's anchor may have hooked, dragged and torn an underwater pipeline that spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the ocean off Southern California, according to federal investigators who also found the pipeline owner didn't quickly shut down operations after a safety system alerted to a possible spill.

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Science

CA - How warming West Coast waters changed the marine ecosystem

The shifts in temperature and species can provide lessons for how fluctuating temperatures might change ecosystems.

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Tourism

CA - Hopes of O.C. businesses, locals and tourists dashed by oil spill closures

Orange County coastal communities — where tourism thrives and where more than a million people crowded Saturday to catch the Pacific Airshow — have become relative ghost towns after a massive oil spill caused beach closures and fishing bans with no end in sight.

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Energy

CA - Calif. lawmakers demand offshore drilling ban in spill's wake

An oil spill that released more than 144,000 gallons of crude along the south California coastline prompted key lawmakers to renew calls to block the state’s shores from any federal oil and gas production.

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Justice

CA - Former Black-Owned Beachfront In California Has Been Legally Returned To Descendants After 100 Years

A legal battle to give proper ownership back to the descendants of a formerly Black-owned beachfront in California has been going on since earlier this summer, and thankfully Governor Gavin Newsom has officially enacting a bill that will return rights back to the living heirs of Willa and Charles Bruce.

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Federal

CA - Records show slow response to report of California oil spill

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Evidence emerged Tuesday that a ship’s anchor snagged and dragged an underwater pipeline that ruptured and spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil off Southern California, an accident the Coast Guard acknowledged it did not investigate for nearly 10 hours after the first call came in about a possible leak.

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Energy

USA - Why the US needs to end coastal drilling

The Orange County coastline has become the latest casualty of the nation’s unhealthy dependence on oil.

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Waterways

CA - Pipeline spill could impact containerships queued for Port of LA

Some containerships anchored in San Pedro Bay waiting to enter the Port of Los Angeles may require cleaning following an oil pipeline spill offshore.

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Local

CA - Prop 68 Funds Coastal Sea Rise Adaption Projects in Marin

Proposition 68 will also enhance river parkways, protect coastal forests and wetlands, and fund outdoor access, lower-cost coastal accommodations, and climate adaptation.

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Property

CA - Erosion on California coast threatens railroad tracks, pricey homes

The bluffs in the Cyprus Shores community, where four homes are under immediate threat, have long been stabilized by the beach below, said Lesley Ewing, senior engineer for the Coastal Commission. Some stretches of beach enjoyed by swimmers and sunbathers may have to give way to coastal protection habitat if the area is to be saved, she said.

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Waterways

CA- Major oil spill forces cancellation of air show at Huntington Beach

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (CNS) — A 126,000-gallon oil spill from an offshore rig was causing major ecological damage in the waters off Huntington Beach Sunday, as officials closed the area to beachgoers and canceled the final day of the Pacific Airshow.

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