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A year after Refugio oil spill, Sherpa Fire closes beaches again

By   /  Friday, June 24th, 2016  /  left, South Coast  /  Comments Off on A year after Refugio oil spill, Sherpa Fire closes beaches again

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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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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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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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