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Sea urchin haven disturbed by Santa Barbara oil spill

LOS ANGELES – Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. Now, she needs new hunting grounds. The coast, thought to be one of the world’s best places for harvesting sea urchins, suffered its worst oil spill in 46 years this week, forcing authorities ...

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Coast Guard: Fire on gulf oil platform; 28 evacuated

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard says 28 workers were evacuated from an oil production platform off Louisiana’s coast after a fire broke out. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday near Breton Island, which is close to Louisiana’s southeastern coast. Production was shut down and no injuries have been reported. The Coast ...

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Oil spill cleanup an eerie sight

REFUGIO STATE BEACH, Calif. — The large, woodsy sign sounded a friendly warning about powerful riptides and dangerous backwash to the hordes of beachgoers who weren’t there: “When in Doubt, Don’t Go Out!” A few days before the usually packed Memorial Day weekend, that wasn’t a problem. There wasn’t a surfer, swimmer or camper in sight Wednesday. Instead, there were ...

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A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A committee of lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced a $211 million settlement Wednesday with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. In a separate development, oil giant BP — which leased the rig from Transocean — reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related ...

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