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12.15.21 Amplify Energy and subsidiaries charged with negligence in Orange County oil spill

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Times

By Richard Winton, Laura J. Nelson, Thomas Curwen

A federal grand jury Wednesday charged three companies with criminal negligence in connection with the oil spill that tarred the Orange County coast in early October.

The three-page indictment alleges that Amplify Energy Corp. and two subsidiary firms, Beta Operating Co. and San Pedro Bay Pipeline Co., illegally discharged oil into federal waters from the pipeline they operated off Huntington Beach.

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12.10.21 OP-ED: A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Preserve Banning Ranch

Excerpted from the Voice of OC

By Teri Welsh

The last 20 years of determination squarely landed this once-in-a-generation opportunity to permanently protect a coastal park and preserve for future generations. To be successful, conservation transactions, like this one, typically need three main ingredients: willing sellers, funding, and political/public will.  

12.9.21 State hearing will focus on why little has changed in drug rehab industry

By Teri Sforza

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

After a delirious Henry Lehr bolted from a licensed Newport Beach detox in the middle of an August night and broke into a neighbor’s house, he was shot and killed by the frightened homeowner inside.

Deaths like these aren’t uncommon in the rehab industry, where lax regulation runs head-on with the high-stakes illness of addiction.

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11.24.21 Laguna Beach veteran grateful for state honor

Excerpted from the Laguna Beach Independent

BY LB Indy Staff

Laguna Beach resident Chris Kreymann was named among six Orange County veterans honored Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) during a Nov. 3 ceremony at the Newport Harbor American Legion post.

“I am honored and humbled to report that I have been selected as the Laguna Beach Veteran of the Year for my service with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam during 1971-1972,” Kreymann said.

11.16.21 ‘You Have Something to Hide:’ Amplify Energy Absent Again from State Hearing on OC Oil Spill

Excerpted from the Voice of OC

By Brandon Pho

Monday kicked off a series of public autopsies by state lawmakers into the communication delays and regulatory gaps which allowed an offshore oil spill to smear tar across Orange County’s iconic coastline last month. 

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The state oil spill committee has multiple aims, namely to identify where improvements can be made in disaster response protocols and offshore pipeline regulation. 

But lawmakers have also signaled the committee will explore phasing out offshore oil platforms. 

11.15.21 State legislators say they’ll tweak oil spill regulations

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Alicia Robinson

While it’s still unclear whether all laws and regulations were followed in the pipeline breach that leaked about 25,000 gallons of oil onto Orange County’s beaches last month, state officials say there’s plenty of room to tighten up existing rules to better prevent and detect future spills.

11.13.21 State committee hearing on OC oil spill set for Monday

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Alicia Robinson

State legislators holding a special committee hearing in Costa Mesa on Monday, Nov. 15, hope it will point them toward any changes to laws and procedures that could help prevent future oil spills and improve the response to those that do happen.