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Plains pleads not guilty to criminal charges in oil spill

By   /  Friday, August 5th, 2016  /  Energy, left  /  Comments Off on Plains pleads not guilty to criminal charges in oil spill

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Judge keeps Plains oil spill grand jury transcripts sealed

By   /  Thursday, July 28th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Judge keeps Plains oil spill grand jury transcripts sealed

Plains All American Pipeline and Plains employee James Buchanan pleaded not guilty to criminal charges regarding the Refugio oil spill and the court ruled on July 28 that the grand jury transcripts in the indictment will remain sealed until the trial’s completion. Houston-based Plains was charged with four felonies and 42 misdemeanors after its corroded Read More →

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Critics want pipeline regulators to be tougher, accountable

By   /  Friday, June 24th, 2016  /  Energy, middle, South Coast  /  Comments Off on Critics want pipeline regulators to be tougher, accountable

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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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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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Lois Capps’ Pipeline Safety Act passes House

By   /  Thursday, June 9th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Lois Capps’ Pipeline Safety Act passes House

The Pipeline Safety Act, a bill that aims to improve federal oil and gas pipeline safety regulation, passed the House, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps’ office announced on June 8. Capps, D-Santa Barbara, authored the bill after last year’s Refugio oil spill, the consequences of which are still playing out throughout the Tri-Counties. This bill aims Read More →

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Refugio oil spill effects linger a year later

By   /  Friday, May 27th, 2016  /  Energy, Top Stories, Top Story  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill effects linger a year later

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