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Federal agency proposes tougher pipeline safety rules

By   /  Friday, October 9th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Federal agency proposes tougher pipeline safety rules

The federal body governing pipeline safety has proposed new regulations that will change how oil and gas pipelines are operated, inspected and maintained. Some of the rule proposals include requiring that all pipelines have a system for detecting leaks and establishing a timeline for pipeline inspections following a storm or natural disaster. The Pipeline and Read More →

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs oil pipeline safety bills

By   /  Thursday, October 8th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Gov. Jerry Brown signs oil pipeline safety bills

  Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Oct. 8 that requires the California Fire Marshal to review oil pipeline conditions every year, rather than every two years or more. Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline performed an inspection of its Line 901 about two weeks before May 19’s Refugio oil spill. But it was too Read More →

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Feds propose tougher oil pipeline safety rules

By   /  Friday, October 2nd, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Feds propose tougher oil pipeline safety rules

  The federal body governing pipeline safety has proposed new regulations that would change how oil and gas pipelines are operated, inspected and maintained. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration came out with a draft of new rules on Oct. 1 in response to an oil spill in 2010 that leaked Read More →

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Dubroff: South Coast oil production could be off-line for very long time

By   /  Friday, September 18th, 2015  /  Columns, Energy  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: South Coast oil production could be off-line for very long time

Houston, we have a problem. More than three months after a Plains All-American Pipeline pipe burst, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, a big chunk of the region’s oil and gas industry remains shut down. That’s partly because there is simply no way for ExxonMobil, Venoco and Freeport-MacMoran Read More →

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Oil workers file lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline

By   /  Monday, September 14th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Oil workers file lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline

A lawsuit representing oil industry workers who were laid off following the Refugio oil spill was filed against Plains All American Pipeline, Santa Barbara-based law firm Cappello & Noel recently announced. Richard Lilygren, who has worked on the offshore oil platforms near Santa Barbara for more than a decade, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Read More →

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Oil company wants to expand Orcutt drilling despite pipe closures

By   /  Friday, September 4th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Energy, Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Oil company wants to expand Orcutt drilling despite pipe closures

Since Plains All American Pipeline shut down Lines 901 and 903 in May after the Refugio oil spill, Pacific Coast Energy is one of only a few oil producers in the county able to get its product to market. The Orcutt-based business, which operates under its Los Angeles-based parent company Breitburn Energy, is trying to Read More →

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Mine mishap shows EPA stewardship inadequate

By   /  Friday, August 14th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Mine mishap shows EPA stewardship inadequate

Just when you think environmental stewardship can’t get any worse … it gets worse. About three months ago, the Central Coast witnessed its worst environmental disaster in decades when Plains All American Pipeline leaked more than 140,000 gallons of oil onto the Refugio Beach area. About a fourth of that ended up in the ocean, Read More →