Refugio Oil Spill

Venoco Sues Plains for $12.4 Million in Lost Earnings

The company was forced to halt production after the Refugio Oil Spill. Read story.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Venoco Declares Bankruptcy

Plummeting oil prices and pipeline closure force company to take billion-dollar shave and haircut. Read story.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Capps Optimistic About Pipeline Safety Bill

Thinks a compromise can be reached before next hearing. Read story.

Originally published 12:30 p.m., March 21, 2016
Updated 2:38 p.m., March 21, 2016

Plains Suffers Legal Setback

Federal judge rules oil workers may seek further legal compensation. Read story.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Plains Personnel Didn't Break the Rules

Grand Jury report exonerates them of overstepping their bounds. Read story.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

County Issues Emergency Permit to Truck Stranded Oil

Las Flores Canyon tanks have sat idle since the Refugio Oil Spill. Read story.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Refugio Reviewed

Did we learn our lesson on pipeline safety? Read story.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

County Pushes for Better Pipeline Safety

And the EDC has sued PHMSA over unanswered information requests. Read story.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

County Receives $60,000 Oil Spill Preparedness Grant

Money will fund emergency response equipment and training. Read story.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Refugio Spill Residue

Questions linger over impact to oil industry and county tax coffers. Read story.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Plains Not Complying with Spill Investigation?

The oil pipeline company has reportedly failed to overturn documents demanded by prosecutors. Read story.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Request Filed to Consolidate Refugio Oil Spill Lawsuits

Plains All American Pipeline is not opposing the petition. Read story.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Boxer and Capps Tour Refugio Oil Spill Site

The U.S. senator and congressmember urge tighter oil and pipeline safety regulations. Read story.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Refugio Oil Spill Likely Far Larger Than Projected

New information released by Plains All American shows a 40 percent jump in volume estimates. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jackson Oil Spill Bills Pass Assembly Committee

Two bills authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson in response to the Refugio Oil Spill passed out of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee this week. Read story.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
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