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Equinox Oil Spill

In September 1998, a predawn blowout of a well owned by Equinox Oil, a firm Steve Layton (Current President of E&B) founded and operated, led to the discharge of nearly 1,500 barrels of crude oil into waters near the Louisiana coast.

A geyser of oil and sand erupted 300 feet into the sky for 11 hours, and several thousand acres of coastal waters were coated in slicks. About 1,233 acres of wetlands were exposed to oil, according to case documents from the state of Louisiana and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

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Equinox Oil Declares Bankruptcy Under Steve Layton's Watch

In September 1998, a blow out occurred at a well on an Alma lease near Port Sulfur, Louisiana. The blow out caused property damage and an oil spill. Equinox notified its insurer, National Union Fire Insurance Company of the accident. Numerous companies provided services and equipment to Equinox to stop the blowout and clean up the spill. Equinox presented a proof of loss form to National Union.

In May 1999, Equinox was placed in involuntary bankruptcy under Chapter 7, which Equinox converted to Chapter 11.

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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 2,100 gallons of Crude Oil and Waste Water

  • HazMat #: 07-1684
  • Notified Date: 3/16/07 7:50
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance: Crude Oil/Water
  • Quantity: 50 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: A valve failed on pit pump causing release.
  • Location: Russell Ranch Oil Field
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Clean Up: Reporting Party
  • Admin Agency: Santa Barbara County Environmental Health
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 2,730 Gallons of Oil

  • HazMat #: 07-1936
  • Notified Date: 3/27/07 9:53
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Oil
  • Quantity: 65 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: Leak in a pipe line
  • Location: Russell Ranch Oil Field
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Clean Up: Reporting Party
  • Admin Agency: Santa Barbara County Environmental Health
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 2,520 Gallons of Oil and Waste Water

  • HazMat #: 07-1991
  • Notified Date: 3/29/07 7:23
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Oil/Water
  • Quantity: 60 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: A leak in a pipe line
  • Location: Russell Ranch Oil Field
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Clean Up: Reporting Party
  • Admin Agency: Santa Barbara County Environmental Health
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 126 Gallons of Oil and Waste Water

  • HazMat #: 07-7244
  • Notified Date:11/22/07 10:52
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Oil & Water
  • Quantity: 3 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: There is a break in the lines going to 3 wells. The first well, ID #8, has a leak 30 feet from the well, on a 2inch line (this is under the asphalt parking lot). The second well, ID #5, has a leak 40 ft west of the well, on a 2 inch line. Third well , #10, has a leak 20 to 30 ft from the well, on a 2 inch line...
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 840 Gallons of Crude Oil

  • HazMat #: 09-2216
  • Notified Date:3/12/09 13:30
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Crude Oil
  • Quantity: 20 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: Caller states a tank overflowed due to an open valve which resulted in the release of substance to secondary containment. In addition, heavy equipment and vac trucks are in the process of cleaning up the substance...
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 126 Gallons of Crude Oil

  • HazMat #: 09-6276
  • Notified Date:9/13/09 8:25
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Crude Oil
  • Quantity: 3 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: A packing leak on a well caused the leak.
  • Location: California Ave, near Easton Drive, Bakersfield
  • County:Kern County
  • Clean Up: Responsible Partyr
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State Searches Angus Petroleum For Oil Spill

The state's Fish and Game Department recently served a search warrant of a Huntington Beach oil drilling and production facility as part of an investigation into last week's 700-gallon oil spill into the city's flood-control channel.

Officials executed the warrant on Angus Petroleum Friday at their facility on Delaware Street, according to a release by the Fish and Game Department. The facility was search after officials found oil in a storm drain near the Angus Petroleum location. The drain flows into the city's flood channel and eventually to the Talbert Marsh and the ocean.

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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 210 Gallons of Oil and Waste Water

  • HazMat #: 10-1716
  • Notified Date:3/11/10 13:10
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Oil & Water
  • Quantity: 5 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: R P States: Operator error caused an overfill at the water disposal tank. The release was contained within the containment area.
  • Location: Section: 29; Township: 27 South, & 27 East; Midway Premier, Bakersfield
  • County:Kern County
  • Clean Up: Reporting Party...
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Angus Petroleum Stinks Up Huntington Beach

After more than a year of the odor of petroleum intermittently wafting into their homes and the sound of clanging metal ringing through their neighborhoods, residents near the Angus Petroleum facility (E&B Natural Resources) say they want relief.

Residents in the neighborhood near Springfield Avenue and Delaware Street continue to complain to the city and the Southern California Air Quality Management District but say they have yet to see results.

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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 336 Gallons of Produced Water

  • HazMat #: 10-3478
  • Notified Date:3/11/10 13:10
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Produced Water
  • Quantity: 8 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: Caller states that due to a flow line blow out, produced water was released.
  • Location: Tank Farm #6 South Cuymama /// 1848 Perkins Road (Hwy 166 and Perkins Road), New Cuyama
  • County:Santa Barbara County
  • Clean Up: Responsible Party
  • Admin Agency: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 420 Gallons of Crude Oil

  • HazMat #: 10-4739
  • Notified Date:3/11/10 13:10
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Crude Oil
  • Quantity: 10 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: Caller states a water disposal pump went down and a waste water tank failed which resulted in the substance overflowing from a tank and into secondary containment.
  • Location: 7th Standard and Zerker Road, Lease Name is North Rosedale, Section 35, Township 28 South, Range 26 East, Bakersfield
  • County: Kern County...
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 840 Gallons of Crude Oil

  • HazMat #: 10-7217
  • Notified Date:12/2/10 7:52
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Crude Oil
  • Quantity: 20 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: A 8 inch line rotted out and the product leaked onto soil within a containment area at a tank farm.
  • Location: 34740 Merced Ave. Bakersfield
  • County: Kern County
  • Clean Up: Reporting Party
  • Admin Agency: Bakersfield Fire Department
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 42 Gallons of Oil and Produced Water

  • HazMat #: 10-7906
  • Notified Date:12/28/10 13:18
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance: Oil & Produced Water
  • Quantity: 1 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: s gathering line had a rupture which caused the product to spill into Aliso Creek. Clean up is under way with booms and absorbents.
  • Location: Alsio Canyon near 1818 Aliso Canyon, New Cuyama
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Clean Up: Reporting Party...
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 84 Gallons of Crude Oil

  • HazMat #: 11-0268
  • Notified Date:1/14/11 15:43
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Crude Oil
  • Quantity: 2 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: Caller states substance released from a flow line to due unknown causes. Caller states substance released to a soil area. Caller states clean-up crew is on scene with vacuum truck. Caller states line has been clamped and well shut down.
  • Location: 1818 Aliso Canyon Rd // South Cuyama Field, New Cuyama
  • County: Santa Barbara County...
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 1,000 Gallons of Diesel

  • HazMat #: 11-1220
  • Notified Date:2/28/11 12:51
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Diesel
  • Quantity: 1000 Gal(s)
  • Description: RP states that a drilling rig was moving and a valve was left open causing the release of diesel to the sump. No waterways were impacted.
  • Location: Section 9 Well #7-10X Unincorporated county area
  • County: Kern County
  • Clean Up: Reporting Party
  • Admin Agency:Kern Co. Environmental Health Department
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 84 Gallons of Produced Water

  • HazMat #: 11-3990
  • Notified Date:7/2/11 17:42
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Produced Water
  • Quantity: 2 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: Per the caller due to possible corrosion a pipe broke causing the spill. The spill occured in the middle of a roadway. The spill occured on a private roadway and is on the San Luis Obispo County side of New Cuyama.
  • Location: 8702 Highway 166 New Cuyama, San Luis Obispo County, 93254
  • County: Santa Barbara County...
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 2,100 Gallons of Crude Oil and Waste Water

  • HazMat #: 11-5360
  • Notified Date:9/9/11 9:27
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Crude Oil
  • Quantity: 50 Bbl.(s)
  • Description: Caller states a tank overflowed to a bermed area where it was contained. Caller states the cause of the release will be investigated. Caller states clean-up operations have begun.
  • Location: Section 4, Township 28S, Range 27E on the Wilcox Fee Lease, Tank #49, Unincorporated county area Kern County 93308...
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E&B Natural Resources Spilled 2,000 Gallons of Red Diesel

  • HazMat #: 12-1050
  • Notified Date: 2/23/12 9:14
  • Agency: E&B Natural Resources
  • Substance:Red Diesel
  • Quantity: 2,000 Gal.(s)
  • Description: Caller states substance released from a fuel tank due to the tank valve being hit by a vehicle. Caller states substance released to an active drilling sump. Caller states clean-up operations are underway, Contractor has been hired to vacuum substance from the sump and samples will be taken...
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Hermosa Beach Residents Catch E&B Drilling Without County Permit

Suspicious Hermosa Beach residents were proved correct on Wednesday afternoon when City Manager Tom Bakaly announced that E&B did indeed fail to get a permit for drilling that occurred inside the controversial Public Works Maintenance Yard on May 7.

“Evidently we were supposed to file permits for the boring,” E&B Natural Resources spokesperson Tiffany Rau said. “Violations have been issued and E&B has taken full responsibility.”

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E&B Natural Resources Cited For Lack of Drilling Permit

The City of Hermosa Beach is among three entities cited by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department--Environmental Health Drinking Water Program for drilling on the public works yard site last Tuesday without the required permits.

Brycon, LLC, a consultant out of Newport Beach, and J & H Drilling Co. Inc. out of Santa Ana were also cited for their participation in the work, which was being done on behalf of E&B Natural Resources to test soil and groundwater for contamination...

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Oil Spills, Smelly Air and Health Threats Possible Downsides of Hermosa Beach Oil-Drilling Proposal

If an oil company is allowed to drill beneath Hermosa Beach, the city might have to contend with oil spills, headache-producing odors, dangerous air emissions and other potentially harmful environmental and health effects, according to newly released reports.

But if drilling is rejected by voters, the city will have to cough up $17.5 million to the oil company seeking to extract the crude and natural gas...

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“You would not trust an oil company who did not have a number of spills reported,” States E&B PR!

E&B brushed aside concerns that their public record of spills—most recently 2,000 gallons of “red diesel” in an oil field in unincorporated Kern County in February 2012—contradicts public statements concerning the possibility of a spill in Hermosa Beach.

“You would not trust an oil company who did not have a number of spills reported,” says Tiffany Rau, “because that means they’re not reporting.”

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Hermosa Beach Council Stands up for Resident 'Bullied' by E&B

by Alan Garrigues

After two challenging letters in one week from E&B Natural Resources, the Hermosa Beach city council told the oil company enough is enough. They will no longer stand for E&B’s tactics to quiet the opposition.

Shortly after the E&B request to “retract and disavow” the Health Impact Assessment, their PR firm circulated a press release urging residents to have an honest debate...

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E&B Natural ResourcesDefending Itself

On Feb. 20, E&B Natural Resources Management, Corp. (E&B) released a statement requesting an “honest & factual debate” regarding the proposed oil drilling in Hermosa Beach. E&B’s statement was written in response to a letter I submitted to The Beach Reporter. 

Ironically, E&B’s statement is riddled with ridiculous statements and fictional references about me. I privately approached them about their inaccuracies and requested a retraction, but they declined to retract the statement...

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Accusations Of Lies, Bullying Erupt As Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling Debate Heats Up

An election is still at least seven months away, but the campaign to lift the city’s ban on oil drilling already has spawned allegations of lying, bullying and harassment.

On Tuesday night, some City Council members called on staff to intervene in the distribution of at least one advertisement recently published by E&B Natural Resources Management Co., which wants to drill up to 34 oil, gas and water wells in town...

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E&B Natural Resources Issued Violation For Illegal Discharge

E&B Natural Resources Issued Violation for illegally dumping approximately 16,800 Gallons of crude oil and toxic waste water in Kern County by the Central Valley Water Board.

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City Council Certifies Final EIR/Orders Election Negotiations

City Council Unanimously Certifies Final EIR/Orders Election Negotiations.

On Tuesday night the Hermosa Beach City Council unanimously voted to certify the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the oil and gas drilling project.

Certification does not mean that the City Council approved the project in any way.  Certification simply means that the EIR meets all of the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Many thanks to our supporters for showing up at the meeting to make their voices heard.

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E&B Natural Resources Seeks June 2015 Election- Layton's Letter and KHH response

Last night at the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting, E & B's Mike Finch stated that the oil and gas drilling company would like to postpone the election until June of 2015.

However, in keeping with their posted schedule, the City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a vote on whether to certify the EIR on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7pm. 

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Residents Disappointed by Oil Company’s Delay of Election

Stop Hermosa Beach Oil, the citizen’s group working to keep oil drilling out of Hermosa Beach, responds to the postponement of the election on the oil issue from November 4th 2014, to March 3rd 2015.

The delay tactics used by E&B Oil Company are clearly designed to wear down residents and disenfranchise voters.  In a special Hermosa Beach election, there are as many as 4,000 fewer votes than in a general election. 

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E&B Natural Resources's Misleading Ad Called Out By Hermosa Beach City Manager! You Decide... What Does Temporary Mean To You?

Below is an email from the Hermosa Beach City Manager Tom Bakaly to Michael Finch from E&B Oil.

The email was responded to by E&B Oil's PR company.

Start at the bottom of the email to see the correspondence and the definition of "Temporary" according to the oil company and the Hermosa Beach City Manager.

What do you think?

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E&B Natural Resources Sued Over Groundwater Contamination

E&B Natural Resources, the oil company seeking the voter's approval on March 3, 2015 to drill oil in Hermosa Beach, is being sued for groundwater contamination and the loss of food crops in Kern County California.

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E&B Natural Resources Settles Illegal Dumping

  • On April 18, 2014 The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) responded to investigate an anonymous complaint at The Posso Oil Field in Kern County run by E&B Natural Resources about the disposal of toxic waste into an open and unlined pit .
 
  • According to documents submitted by E&B Natural Resources on July 15, 2014, "Approximately 400 barrels of formation water and crude oil were discharged into an unlined sump."
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Hermosa Beach Oil & Gas Revenue to be Heavily Restricted by

The Easy Reader is reporting that according to California State Lands Commission the oil and gas revenue that has been promised to Hermosa Beach by E & B will be far less than promised and heavily restricted by the Tidelands Trust. See the full article here.

  • Proceeds from oil recovered from Hermosa Beach tidelands that are restricted to uses benefiting all the residents of California may not be used to pay royalties to Macpherson Oil, the California State Lands Commission has told the City of Hermosa Beach.
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Santa Monica Council Tells Hermosa Beach to Reject Oil Drilling Proposal

December 11, 2014 -- Other than the installation of new elected officials and the selection of Kevin McKeown as mayor, there was only one item on the City Council agenda Tuesday night, and it didn’t even involve Santa Monica -- at least not directly.

The council voted unanimously for a resolution encouraging voters in Hermosa Beach to reject a proposal going before them in a special March 3 election that would reverse the city’s ban on oil drilling.

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Hermosa Beach Mayor Tucker Announces He’ll Vote ‘No’ On Measure O

  • Tucker Called it the Biggest Issue to Ever Face this City

  • I am Voting ‘No’ on Oil

  • I  Felt that this Community Needs to Hear That

  • Tucker does  not Believe E&B’s Oil Proposal is a Good Fit for Hermosa Beach

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Oil Drilling Proponents Sue Hermosa Beach Residents Over Choice Of Words

Hermosa Beach, CA, December 16 — Last Thursday, Raymond Dussault filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate against the Hermosa Beach City Clerk and Hermosa Beach residents responsible for the ballot argument in opposition to Measure O in the special March 3rd election.

Oil drilling proponents charge that the argument against Measure O is false and misleading. The kind of statements they find false and misleading are “Oil drilling will be unsafe” and “Oil drilling will be unhealthy”.

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Judge Upholds Hermosa Beach Residents' Argument Against Oil Drilling

Friday's ruling by Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell was unreservedly clear, "There is nothing misleading in this argument."

Oil drilling proponents failed to censor the ballot argument against Measure O today, and their charges that the ballot argument was false and misleading were rejected.

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7 Reasons To Vote No on Measure O! (Many more to come)

  1. They Get… We Get…
  2. Oil Proponents Frivolous Lawsuit
  3. 5 Reasons To Vote NO on O!
  4. E&B’s History Of Spills
  5. Health Hazards
  6. Ruins Our Community
  7. Bad Deal For Hermosa Beach
  8. Seniors’ Health at Risk!
  9. E&B Natural Resources is a Bad Company!
  10. Years of Construction and Heavy Truck Traffic!