GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.
The painstaking task at Refugio State Beach marks a new front in the cleanup after an underground pipeline leaked last month and released up to 101,000 gallons of oil, about 21,000 gallons of which flowed into a storm drain, sullied the beach and washed out to sea. Because the region is home to threatened shorebirds and cultural resources, a decision was made early on to clean oil-stained beaches the old-fashioned way by using hand tools instead of heavy equipment or chemicals.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Eight Indonesians apprehended last week have confessed to hijacking a Malaysian oil tanker, a Vietnamese official said Monday.
Col. Doan Bao Quyet, political commissar of Vietnam Coast Guard Region 4 in the southern province of Kien Giang, said the Indonesians, aged 19 to 61, initially said they encountered an accident at sea while fishing when they arrived on Tho Chu island off Vietnam's southern coast on Friday. But after questioning with the images and information provided by Malaysian authorities, they confessed that they were responsible for hijacking the oil tanker earlier this month.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.
The bill, if ratified, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.
HERRIN, Ill. (AP) — Nearly a century after literally burying its violent past, a southern Illinois community is belatedly coming to terms with one of the nation's deadliest labor conflicts, an episode in which some victims were paraded down city streets and humiliated before hundreds of cheering onlookers before having their throats slit.
Most of the victims of the Herrin Massacre — three union coal miners on strike and 20 replacement workers and guards — were buried in June 1922 in a cluster of unmarked graves in an old pauper's field at the city cemetery, forgotten by time and a collective desire to, if not ignore history, not call undue attention to it in a town that's still a union stronghold.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern to hold briefings at the seventh annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, hosted by the State and Treasury departments.
The Pentagon is taking a larger role helping the Interior and Energy department in the Arctic region, with the military assisting in oil spill response and forecasting of declining ice in the region.
The Government Accountability Office, Congress's watchdog arm, disclosed the Defense Department's assistance in a report issued Friday, saying the low threat of military conflict in the region has allowed the military to participate in the inter-agency Arctic Strategy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than one-tenth of the largest wild population of threatened salmon in the Central Valley died after repair work near a power plant led Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to cut off a cooling flow of water into a creek, wildlife and utility officials said Friday.
PG&E, the state's largest utility, restored the water flow on Wednesday to a remote stretch of Butte Creek, home to the largest of three surviving wild populations of Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An escalating legal fight over a $59 million federal dam project on Montana's lower Yellowstone River could decide the fate of an endangered, dinosaur-like fish population that's been blocked from its breeding grounds for decades.
Construction on the dam northeast of Glendive is set to begin in September.
U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland has sided with Pebble Ltd. Partnership in ordering former Environmental Protection Agency scientist Phil North to testify in the company’s lawsuit against EPA, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.
Coast Guard documents show Transocean’s Polar Pioneer, which is involved in Shell’s exploratory well drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer, failed tests with fire and pollution equipment in the months leading up to the Arctic drilling, FuelFix reports.
Oil prices rose Monday over a report from the Energy Information Administration that U.S. crude production has been falling since April and signals that OPEC is finally willing to address the drop in prices. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $2.45 to $47.67 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose $2.50 to $52.55, Reuters reports.
Increasing worries about potential fire at a landfill holding waste of barium sulfate from the Manhattan Project since the 1970s has prompted upset St. Louis area residents to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to accelerate cleanup, The Hill reports.