Huntington Beach oil spill destroys wildlife habitat

October 5, 2021 by  
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A wildlife habitat has been destroyed after 127,000 gallons of oil spilled along the Huntington Beach coast in Orange County, California. Officials are working round the clock to clean up the shores. The leak started on Saturday, about 5 miles off the coast, and continued for several hours. Currently, divers are inspecting the 17-mile pipeline to determine the cause of the spill. The pipeline is owned and managed by Amplify Energy. Company CEO Martyn Willsher told reporters the spill was first noticed on Saturday morning and immediately reported to the Coast Guard. The small oil company has just over 200 employees, and some of its facilities date back to the 1970s. Related: Los Angeles County to begin phasing out oil and gas drilling According to Willsher, the pipe has been “suctioned at both ends to keep additional crude out,” and stop further spill until the real cause was determined and corrected. The spill poses a threat to wildlife and human health. So far, wildlife experts have reported recovering four live birds covered in oil. One of the birds had to be euthanized due to its poor health condition. However, they also say that the extent of ecological damage cannot be estimated at the moment.  According to Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, dead birds and fish have been spotted washing up on the shores. Foley says habitats that took years to build have been destroyed in a single day, all thanks to the spill. “These are wetlands that we’ve been working with the Army Corps of Engineers, with (a local) land trust, with all the community wildlife partners to make sure to create this beautiful, natural habitat for decades. And now in just a day, it’s completely destroyed,” Foley said. Due to the potential health risks to human life, residents have been urged to avoid all recreational activities in the area. All people who may have encountered the oil are encouraged to  visit local facilities  for medical checkups. Via CNN Lead image via Pete Markham

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Uncontained sand fire forces thousands of California residents to flee their homes

July 25, 2016 by  
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Wildfires in southern California are once again forcing residents to evacuate their homes, with more than 18 homes reportedly destroyed so far in the Santa Clarita Valley in Los Angeles county. The Sand Fire, as it has been called, is currently only 10 percent contained, according to local fire authorities, and still poses a threat to thousands of homes in the area. Government officials had originally planned to allow residents to re-enter their homes over the weekend, but shifting winds caused the fire to grow faster than expected. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgtooSQaQm0 So far, the Sand Fire has completely destroyed 18 homes and damaged one other in the neighborhoods of Sand Canyon, Bear Divide, and Little Tujunga. Tens of thousands of residents were forced to evacuate over the weekend. Currently, another 2,000 homes in the town of Acton are in the fire’s path, if it maintains its current course. “That fire came through like a freight train,” John Tripp, incident commander with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told the local ABC affiliate. “We’ve never seen a fire come into Sand Canyon like that and neither have those residents.” Related: 8 of the world’s most devastating wildfires Los Angeles County sheriff’s department found a burned body in a car within the evacuation zone over the weekend, according to spokesperson Lt. Rob Hahnlein. He said it’s too early in the investigation to make a determination about the fire’s relationship to the person’s death. KTLA reported , though, that the man’s home was among those that were destroyed by the rapidly moving fire. A virtual army of firefighting teams have been dispatched to battle the blaze, including 1,673 firefighters, 122 engines, eight fixed-wing air-tankers, and six heavy heli-tankers. As of Monday morning, the U.S. Forest Service is reporting that the fire is only about 10 percent contained, leaving a lot of potential damage on the horizon as dry conditions and shifting winds help fuel the destructive force. Outside of the direct threat from the flames, the Sand Fire has contributed to LA’s poor air quality, as this week’s gusty winds continue to spread ash and debris from the fires throughout the county. Via LA Times Images via rlyboredok/Twitter

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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

November 7, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california high speed rail , grimshaw , gruen , L.A. Metro , Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority , Los Angeles Union Station masterplan , union station

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L.A. Metro Retires Last Diesel Bus, Now Relies on Cleaner CNG Buses

January 14, 2011 by  
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Photo: biofriendly , CC Reducing Air Pollution The last diesel bus in the 2,228 vehicle fleet of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) was recently retired, making Metro the first major transit agency in the world to operate only “alternative” fuel buses. They now have 2,221 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, one electric, and six gasoline-electric hybrid buses

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Los Angeles County Opens Its First Green Library!

November 11, 2010 by  
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Image © Keith Birmingham/SWCITY Absorbent parking lot pavement, low-water plumbing fixtures, and heat-reducing roofing are just a few of the sustainable features in the first ever eco-friendly building in the Los Angeles Public Library system. Designed by Carde Ten Architects, the LEED silver Sorensen Library is expected to use 25 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than a conventionally-designed library. Read the rest of Los Angeles County Opens Its First Green Library! http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green architecture , Green Building , leed silver , Los Angeles , Recycled Materials , sustainable design

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Architects Envision Green Transportation Solutions for Los Angeles

March 2, 2010 by  
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The passing of Measure R at the end of 2008 provided Los Angeles County with funds for up to $40 billion in transit-related projects over the next 30 years. The measure also inspired a competition to design new transport solutions, and Paris-based Odile Decq and Bonit Conrnette Architects have proposed an extensive plan to make the ‘freeway city’ a little greener. The project proposes large stretches of green space, a system of small vehicles with designated transportation lanes and parking stations, and a complete overhaul of the city’s streets, overpasses, culverts, right of ways, power lines, and underutilized rail lines

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