California proposes new oil drilling ban near neighborhoods

California’s oil and gas regulator on Thursday proposed that the state ban new oil drilling within 3,200 feet of schools, homes and hospitals to protect public health in what would be the nation’s largest buffer zone between oil wells and communities.

Class-action lawsuit filed in Huntington Beach oil spill

The first federal lawsuit linked to the 126,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the ocean off Huntington Beach is a proposed class-action suit that includes claims to recover damages for individuals and businesses damaged by the massive leak. The man who brought forward the lawsuit also alleges he has been, or will be, exposed to toxic oil contaminants.