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Ruptured Plains oil pipeline puts squeeze on tax receipts

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Ruptured Plains oil pipeline puts squeeze on tax receipts

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Bill would ban offshore oil drilling along West Coast

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Columns, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Bill would ban offshore oil drilling along West Coast

Lawmakers have launched another attempt to ban offshore oil drilling. While recent attempts to limit Big Oil’s reach have been concentrated to specific regions, this one is targeting the entire West Coast. But even bills with a more narrow scope do not often get passed. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, authored the West Coast Read More →

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Regulators put tri-county crab season on ice

By   /  Friday, November 6th, 2015  /  Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Regulators put tri-county crab season on ice

Regulators have put crab season on ice. The tri-county commercial fishing industry is feeling the sting of a toxin that’s been found in some of the area’s seafood. The California Department of Public Health advised consumers in a Nov. 3 announcement not to eat Dungeness and rock crabs caught between the Oregon border and the Read More →

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San Luis Obispo County oil operator weighs spin off or sale

By   /  Friday, October 16th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on San Luis Obispo County oil operator weighs spin off or sale

Freeport-McMoRan is looking to expand its oil and gas production in San Luis Obispo County even though it’s rethinking strategy and may sell or spin off operations. The Arizona-based oil, copper and gold producer wants to add 350 new wells and replace 100 in the Arroyo Grande oil field off Price Canyon Road. It currently Read More →

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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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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 →