Santa Barbara Channel

Offshore oil drilling platform 'Gail' operated by Venoco, Inc., is shown off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Calif. panel launches probe into offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators have launched an investigation into offshore hydraulic fracturing after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast for the past two decades. The California Coastal Commission promised […]

08/15/2013

Workers at a natural gas well site

Oil companies frack in coastal waters off California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Companies prospecting for oil off California’s coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the […]

08/03/2013

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Magnitude-4.8 quake shakes S. California coast

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The magnitude of a Southern California coastal earthquake has been revised upward slightly to 4.8. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7:38 a.m. Wednesday temblor was centered 3 miles west […]

05/29/2013

(AP Photo)

4.6-magnitude quake shakes S. California coast

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 has rattled part of the Southern California coast. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7:38 a.m. Wednesday temblor was centered 3 miles […]

05/29/2013

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ship traffic off Calif re-routed to protect whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ship traffic off the California coast will be re-routed to protect endangered whales from ship strikes.

12/27/2012