Santa Barbara County is reeling this week from a pipeline accident that spilled an estimated 105,000 gallons of crude oil near Refugio State Beach, much of which has reached the ocean. And for California, that's business as usual.
A disastrous train derailment that spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil and forced the evacuation of two West Virginia communities on Monday is causing trouble for proponents of a similar line in San Luis Obispo County, as the city of San Luis Obispo has pledged to oppose the line.
It's easy to think of sparkling wine producers in the U.S. hankering after the cachet of Champagne, one of the last bastions of French privilege in the wine world. A weekend like this one will make it clear that the upstart Americans have learned a thing or two.
The California Energy Commission will be plowing millions of dollars into building almost 500 more electric car charging stations throughout the state, along with an assortment of other alternative energy programs.
In wetter years, there's so much wildlife on the Carrizo Plain in San Luis Obispo County that observers sometimes call it "California's Serengeti." But a wildlife species that helps hold the whole ecosystem together is on the verge of blinking out of existence in this year's drought. If it goes, it could take the Carrizo Plain as we know it with it.
Four coastal wetlands in California will benefit from $3 million in grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that will go toward preserving and restoring wildlife habitat, USFWS announced Thursday. The grants will be added to another $2.3 million in matching funds from state and local governments, private land owners, and conservation groups.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rebuffed an attempt by a conservative organization to reduce protection of an Endangered shrub that survives in only five small populations near Los Osos in San Luis Obispo County.
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