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Federal Judge Halts Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline

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Mon, 11/12/2018 - 1:50pm

A federal judge issued a major ruling Thursday halting construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline until the Trump administration carries out a valid updated environmental review of the project’s impact.

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Initiative to repeal gas tax increase is falling short, according to poll of California voters

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Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:22am

A California initiative that would repeal gas tax increases is falling well short of the majority support needed to pass, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, jeopardizing a Republican strategy to use the measure to draw conservatives to the polls next month in hopes of helping GOP candidates in congressional and legislative races.

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A carbon tax is a good idea — so long as it doesn't come with industry handouts

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Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:57pm

Exxon Mobil made a bit of a splash Tuesday when it announced a $1-million, two-year donation to the Republican-led Americans for Carbon Dividends, an organization pushing for a national tax to help curtail emissions of atmosphere-warming carbon.

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Leaking pipe spills crude oil at Torrance Refinery

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Wed, 10/10/2018 - 6:29pm

Nearly 1,900 gallons of crude oil leaked from a ruptured pipe over the weekend at the Torrance Refinery, though none of it left the site, fire department officials said Monday, Oct. 8.

The leak of 44 barrels of oil was discovered about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Treskes, who was also the platoon commander on the incident. The oil seeped through a one-inch crack in an eight-inch diameter pipe, Treskes said. It’s unknown how long it took for the leak to be discovered, but a temporary clamp was attached to the pipe to stop it.

“It was leaking into a concrete containment area so it didn’t leave the site,” Treskes said. “We were able to get a vacuum truck to vacuum up the material and dispose of it.”

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Garcetti urges voters to reject Proposition 6, which would repeal California's new gas tax

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Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:45am

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined business and labor leaders Wednesday to urge voters to reject Proposition 6, saying a repeal of the state’s new gas tax could force years-long delays for dozens of transportation projects across Southern California.