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Dubroff: Fukushima nuclear disaster doomed Diablo Canyon

By   /  Friday, June 24th, 2016  /  Central Coast, Columns, Energy, Latest news  /  5 Comments

Henry Dubroff

Few people on the Central Coast took note of March 11 as the fifth anniversary of Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. But you can trace the June 21 announcement that PG&E won’t operate the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near Avila Beach beyond 2025 to the earthquake and tsunami on the Japanese coast that destroyed four Read More →

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PG&E to close Diablo Canyon Power Plant by 2025

By   /  Tuesday, June 21st, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on PG&E to close Diablo Canyon Power Plant by 2025

Pacific Gas and Electric plans to close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near Avila Beach by 2025, the company announced June 21. The nuclear power plant has been controversial since starting operations in 1985 because fault lines run under and near the plant. PG&E said in a news release that it has plans to replace Read More →

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Dynegy in talks to sell Morro Bay power plant

By   /  Friday, June 17th, 2016  /  Central Coast, Energy, Top Stories, Top Story  /  Comments Off on Dynegy in talks to sell Morro Bay power plant

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Plains ordered to take more corrective actions before restarting Lines 901 and 903

By   /  Thursday, June 16th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Plains ordered to take more corrective actions before restarting Lines 901 and 903

Updated on June 17 at 10:50 a.m.: Federal regulators have ordered Plains All American Pipeline to improve its inaccurate pipeline inspection process, implement better leak detection measures such as installing additional shutoff valves, expand its emergency training, and repair the pipeline before restarting Line 901. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued on June 16 its Read More →

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Court delays hearing on Plains’ motion to seal Refugio oil spill transcripts

By   /  Thursday, June 16th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Court delays hearing on Plains’ motion to seal Refugio oil spill transcripts

Santa Barbara Superior Court will review Plains All American Pipeline’s motion to seal the transcripts of its indictment from the Refugio oil spill on June 30, the same day of the arraignment. The hearing was continued on the morning of June 16. Plains filed a motion on May 27 to seal all California grand jury Read More →

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Bill would hold pipeline regulators responsible for safety oversight

By   /  Tuesday, June 14th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Bill would hold pipeline regulators responsible for safety oversight

Story updated at 2 p.m. on June 15: U.S. Rep. Lois Capps’ office proposed a bill that strives to hold federal regulators responsible for inadequate pipeline safety oversight, the office announced June 14. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Accountability Act is a provision of the Pipes Act, which recently passed the House and the Read More →

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Plains’ request to seal oil spill transcripts opposed

By   /  Friday, June 10th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Plains’ request to seal oil spill transcripts opposed

Prosecutors have filed opposing motions to Plains All American Pipeline’s request to seal the transcripts of its indictment from the Refugio oil spill. The motion claims that Plains did not give the public sufficient time — at least 10 days before the June 2 hearing date — for the public to process the request. Grand Read More →

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