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July 1, 2011
A clean-up crew is digging trenches on Goldenwest Street to get to the source of an oil spill after at least 850 gallons were discharged on the surface Friday morning. City maintenance workers, and the Police and Fire departments responded after a passerby noticed oil seeping through the asphalt on the southbound side of the street, south of Ellis Avenue, said Huntington Beach Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Lopez. "The crew wants to see if they can open the street for a few days to get through the weekend, but we don't know yet," he said.
NEWS
By David Carlberg | June 3, 2010
T he tragedy that struck the coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast raises the question: Could a similar catastrophe occur to our own wetlands like Bolsa Chica, which is still an active oil field? Over the years, a few oil spills have occurred in the wetland from sources outside Bolsa Chica. While they did not and probably never will approach the magnitude of the Gulf spill, they did cause some ecological and economic damage. I expect they will continue to occur, which brings up another question: Are we prepared?
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Chris Epting | June 23, 2010
"I've been near what I believed to be was a big dirt clod in the muck. Then it blinks. And you realize, it's an oiled bird." Debbie McGuire, wildlife director at the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center here in Huntington Beach, is talking about what it's like on an oil spill recovery mission. Given the brutal devastation in the Gulf wetlands as a result of the BP oil spill, I thought I'd talk to Debbie. She's one of the best in the business when it comes to saving animal lives in the face of catastrophes like this, and that's why she soon may find herself helping in the Gulf.
NEWS
February 1, 2010
A Huntington Beach petroleum plant may be responsible for an oil spill late last month, the California Department of Fish and Game announced today. According to Carol Singleton, a spokeswoman for the department, officials were nearly certain the oil came from the Angus Petroleum Corporation at 1901 California St., but were running tests before taking any action. “We’re very sure,” she said. “But we have to be really thorough, so we’ve taken oil samples and we’re getting them processed through our petroleum chemistry lab. All indication is that it’s the Angus plant.
LOCAL
January 28, 2010
The Huntington Beach Fire Department and other agencies have been working around the clock since Friday to clean up an oil spill in a flood control channel east of Beach Boulevard. The Fire and Public Works departments joined with the Department of Fish and Game, Coast Guard and Orange County Health Department to contain the problem after calls came in Friday morning. Martha Werth, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department, said the responders were trying to determine the substance’s origin, but were nearly sure it was crude oil. The initial groups were later joined by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy and other city responders.
NEWS
April 20, 2000
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The city will receive $3.8 million from a lawsuit for damage caused by a 1990 oil spill considered one of the county's worst environmental catastrophes, according to a settlement reached Tuesday. The money will be earmarked for improving the South Beach area where the city suffered the greatest harm as a result of the Feb. 7 incident in which the oil tanker American Trader ruptured its hull on its own anchor, spilling 400,000 gallons of crude off the coast, said Ron Hagan, the city's director of community services.
NEWS
October 21, 1999
Ellen McCarty Five birds that were covered with oil in the Ballona Creek oil spill last week in Los Angeles were released back to nature in Huntington Beach on Friday. They were scrubbed clean by volunteers at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County, officials said. The mallard ducks can be identified by a small metal band attached to their legs by the Department of Fish and Game. Fish and Game workers attach the bands in order to track the long-term health of oil spill survivors.
NEWS
By Erik Holmes | March 31, 2010
Cleaning up a January oil spill in Huntington Beach cost Orange County about $1.5 million, but the county expects to be fully repaid. The Jan. 22 spill that released an estimated 672 gallons of oil into a flood control channel was quickly contained and did not reach surrounding wetlands or the ocean, but did contaminate 1.8 miles of the channel between Adams Avenue and Magnolia Street and about 0.3 miles of underground storm drains, according to...
NEWS
October 9, 2003
Report of oil spill deemed not serious City officials closed the waters from Beach Boulevard to Seapoint Avenue to swimmers and surfers for about an hour on Monday after receiving reports of a possible oil spill. Described as a 500-square-yard rainbow sheen about 200 yards off the surf line at Seapoint Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, the Fire Department said Tuesday that it wasn't from an oil spill, but had probably seeped from the ocean floor.
NEWS
May 24, 2001
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Former Councilman John A. Thomas pleaded not guilty last week to charges of polluting 14 acres of the Bolsa Chica wetlands. He was arraigned Friday at the West Justice Center in Westminster and is due to return for a pretrial hearing July 31, court officials said. A preliminary hearing is also set for Aug. 7. Thomas faces 33 felony counts of dumping compost or dredge material into small wetlands pockets, or cells considered to be national waters, on his 56-acre oil-drilling site bordered by Garfield, Edwards and Seapoint avenues.
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July 1, 2011
A clean-up crew is digging trenches on Goldenwest Street to get to the source of an oil spill after at least 850 gallons were discharged on the surface Friday morning. City maintenance workers, and the Police and Fire departments responded after a passerby noticed oil seeping through the asphalt on the southbound side of the street, south of Ellis Avenue, said Huntington Beach Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Lopez. "The crew wants to see if they can open the street for a few days to get through the weekend, but we don't know yet," he said.
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Chris Epting | June 23, 2010
"I've been near what I believed to be was a big dirt clod in the muck. Then it blinks. And you realize, it's an oiled bird." Debbie McGuire, wildlife director at the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center here in Huntington Beach, is talking about what it's like on an oil spill recovery mission. Given the brutal devastation in the Gulf wetlands as a result of the BP oil spill, I thought I'd talk to Debbie. She's one of the best in the business when it comes to saving animal lives in the face of catastrophes like this, and that's why she soon may find herself helping in the Gulf.
NEWS
By David Carlberg | June 3, 2010
T he tragedy that struck the coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast raises the question: Could a similar catastrophe occur to our own wetlands like Bolsa Chica, which is still an active oil field? Over the years, a few oil spills have occurred in the wetland from sources outside Bolsa Chica. While they did not and probably never will approach the magnitude of the Gulf spill, they did cause some ecological and economic damage. I expect they will continue to occur, which brings up another question: Are we prepared?
NEWS
By Erik Holmes | March 31, 2010
Cleaning up a January oil spill in Huntington Beach cost Orange County about $1.5 million, but the county expects to be fully repaid. The Jan. 22 spill that released an estimated 672 gallons of oil into a flood control channel was quickly contained and did not reach surrounding wetlands or the ocean, but did contaminate 1.8 miles of the channel between Adams Avenue and Magnolia Street and about 0.3 miles of underground storm drains, according to...
NEWS
February 1, 2010
A Huntington Beach petroleum plant may be responsible for an oil spill late last month, the California Department of Fish and Game announced today. According to Carol Singleton, a spokeswoman for the department, officials were nearly certain the oil came from the Angus Petroleum Corporation at 1901 California St., but were running tests before taking any action. “We’re very sure,” she said. “But we have to be really thorough, so we’ve taken oil samples and we’re getting them processed through our petroleum chemistry lab. All indication is that it’s the Angus plant.
NEWS
January 22, 2010
The Huntington Beach Fire Department and other agencies are working to clean an apparent oil spill in a flood control channel east of Beach Boulevard. The Fire and Public Works departments joined with the Department of Fish and Game, Coast Guard and Orange County Health Department to contain the problem after calls came in about 9 a.m. today. Martha Werth, a spokeswoman for the fire department, said the responders were trying to determine the substance’s origin. “They pretty much have determined it is oil,” she said.
NEWS
By By Dave Brooks | December 8, 2005
Local wetlands group is working to finish a new animal care facility and education center, but its money is running out.When people ask Gary Gorman when the animal hospital is going to be completed, he gives them the same answer. "Whenever I run out of money," he joked last week while standing in the shell of what will eventually be the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, which sits in front of the AES power plant at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Avenue. Gorman is executive director for the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, a small nonprofit group that owns and manages several tidelands south of Main Street and runs the small hospital for wild creatures.
NEWS
May 19, 2005
Dave Brooks Landowners are hoping to convert an oil tank field linked to a devastating 1990 oil spill into a multi-family neighborhood of duplexes and triplexes. The proposal could end years of debate about the site, once home to six 55,000-barrel oil storage tanks that area residents called unsightly and fought successfully to have dismantled. For six years the storage units sat dormant, mothballed nearly a half-decade after an oil tanker using the field's offshore buoy ran over its own anchor and spewed 416,000 gallons of crude oil onto 15 miles of county beaches.
NEWS
January 27, 2005
VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY The fact that a Western pond turtle was crawling around in our bathtub last weekend is really not our fault. I suppose we could blame it on Lena Hayashi, but she'd just blame it on Star Howard. In a sense, we could blame it on the current oil spill that is overrunning the International Bird Research and Rescue Center in San Pedro with injured birds. It's a complicated story, but here's how the turtle ended up in our tub. Someone brought a Western pond turtle to the bird rescue facility in San Pedro, which is treating birds injured in a recent oil spill.
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