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Posted on January 22 at 2:37 p.m.

We should all be able to buy programming a la carte

On Cox Switcheroo

Posted on January 22 at 2:20 p.m.

Thanks Jerry for another good one.
Here is a for-profit corporation (NYSE:PXP) paying "reasonable compensation" to legal experts to support two non-profit corporations that wish to contractually constrain the long-term development of several offshore oil leases -- leases that would be developed by the same oil company. Apparently the environmental groups and their donor bases did not think it was worth having independently-financed representation for CPA/GOO in this matter, but either way I was shocked that the expertise and long-term commitment of an established and prominent environmental attorney on behalf of an oil producer could be purchased so inexpensively. I bet PXP's own attorneys and public relations firms were paid at least an order of magnitude more. Neither of the non-profit corporations party to this agreement have any authority over offshore hydrocarbon resource production associated with the leases, creating a large and obvious mechanism by which PXP (or perhaps some unsavory successor) could forestall for many, many years the actual production shut-down, as well as the onshore restoration or land-transfer commitments. I'm sure I'm not the first to notice there are no impoundments of early project income to a long-term (post-operation) oversight/remediation/stewardship trust. The lasting value of this agreement seems far too uncertain.

On Oil & Secrecy

Posted on September 30 at 1:16 p.m.

Interesting article, thank you. Other research groups of the Center for Envt'l Implications of Nanotech are looking at environmental risk, toxicology etc. See www.cein.ucsb.edu/research/ for more about the risk perception and other research groups.

On Nanotechnology Wins Public Approval

Posted on September 22 at 1:09 a.m.

Great story and comments. Much appreciated.

On Refugio Fire September 6-15, 1955

Posted on May 26 at 11:20 a.m.

The article says 2,000 cubic feet. That's 20 HCF, which is about right for a single family residence with irrigated landscape or garden. 2 HCF per month is admirably miserly.

On The Boiling Point of Carp Water

Posted on May 11 at 11:54 a.m.

Incredible photo. Thanks Ray for sharing your intimate knowledge of local geography during extreme as well as normal times.

On Fire Investigators Narrow Down Start Point

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