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Feds: pipe corrosion led to Santa Barbara coast oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — External corrosion on an oil pipeline was the root cause of a leak that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast in May, federal regulators reported. The spill occurred after pumps on the Plains All American Pipeline were shut down and restarted, sending a larger volume of oil surging through the ...

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Hoffbeck: Gas line amendment may not make this year’s ballot

Hoffbeck: Gas line amendment may not make this year's ballot

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said Tuesday it doesn’t appear that gas line contracts will be in place in time for the legislature to be able to review them and get a constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall. Hoffbeck said something could break in the next few weeks that could allow that to happen. If ...

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Energy secretary says California gas leak a symptom of age

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015, pool file photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. A California official outlined a plan Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, to cap the massive Los Angeles-area gas leak by the end of next week. The announcement at a public meeting is ahead of the company's worst-case prediction that it would be plugged by the end of the month. The well has been leaking for 15 weeks. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major gas leak near Los Angeles has brought attention to the nation’s aging energy infrastructure and points to a need for new gas storage regulations, the U.S. energy secretary said Tuesday. Secretary Ernest Moniz visited the site of the Southern California Gas Co. well blowout to learn lessons to help frame a multiagency approach to ...

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Senate committee OKs bill to speed up Idaho oil and gas production

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Senate panel on Friday advanced an industry-backed bill intended to speed up natural gas and oil production in Idaho by altering the state’s decision making process and setting deadlines. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted 8-1 to approve the measure making the Idaho Department of Lands responsible for initial decisions and the five appointed ...

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Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators on Tuesday issued their most far-reaching directive yet in response to a surge in earthquakes by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to reduce the amount of wastewater they inject underground by 40 percent. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants operators over the next two months to reduce injections by more than ...

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Alaska adopts new rules for dispersant use in oil spills

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska oil spill responders have adopted new rules for the rapid use of chemical dispersant but say dispersant will continue to be considered only rarely when mechanical cleanup is not practical. Chemical dispersant has been used on an oil spill just once in Alaska in the last 40 years — in tests during the 11-million gallon ...

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Florida Senate committee rejects fracking bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would study and create regulations for fracking is all but dead after a Florida Senate committee rejected it. The Senate Appropriations Committee narrowly voted against the bill. It was then kept alive on a procedural move. Opponents’ concerns about the environment and measures that wouldn’t let local governments ban the method of oil and ...

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US Congress backs court challenge to Obama’s climate plan

US Congress backs court challenge to Obama's climate plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 members of the U.S. Congress are backing a court challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. A brief filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington argues that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its legal authority and defied the will of Congress by regulating carbon dioxide emissions. ...

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Milestone LNG export shipment set to leave US for Brazil

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first international shipment of liquefied natural gas in decades from the Lower 48 states is poised to leave for Brazil from Louisiana. Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. announced Wednesday that a ship bound for Brazil was being loaded with LNG at its Sabine Pass facility in southwest Louisiana. The shipment is significant because it highlights the ...

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As oil slides, many determined to stay put in North Dakota

View of downtown Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Mike Galt via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Kennedy Mugemuzi is done moving. After leaving Congo to live in Nashville for a few years and then coming to North Dakota for the opportunities of the oil boom, he is among the many staying put in Williston — even though depressed crude prices have spurred an exodus of thousands of drillers and others seeking new prospects ...

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