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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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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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EPA: Cleco coal-fired power plant out of compliance

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MANSFIELD, La. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s found Cleco Corp.’s coal-fired plant in Mansfield emitting too much sulfur dioxide to meet new federal standards. On Wednesday, the EPA designated the Dolet Hills power plant out of compliance. This was the only Louisiana power plant to get that designation. Sulfur dioxide emissions have been linked respiratory problems. The ...

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Canada delays decision on nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

Canada delays decision on nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian government on Thursday delayed for a second time a ruling on whether waste from nuclear power plants can be permanently stored underground less than a mile from Lake Huron, a proposal that has drawn fierce opposition on both sides of the border. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had been scheduled to ...

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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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Report: Oil train safety violations should be prosecuted

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil for criminal prosecution. A report by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general also says the Federal Railroad Administration doesn’t have a complete understanding of the risks involving more than 400,000 tank cars of oil shipped across the ...

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Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won’t resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer. The massive leak drew attention to the Southern California Gas Co. facility and the ...

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Vermont governor pleads with retirement board to drop coal

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Peter Shumlin made an appeal on Tuesday to the board that oversees the state’s public retirement funds to shed investments in coal companies and the oil giant Exxon Mobil in an effort to combat climate change. The Vermont Pension Investment Committee gave the governor’s request a cool reception but voted to set up a special ...

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State: Coudersport OK to use wells tainted by driller’s soap

COUDERSPORT, Pa (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Coudersport is OK to resume using two drinking water wells tainted with soap by natural gas drillers last fall. The DEP is still investigating the soap that tainted the Coudersport wells and several others after leaking from JKLM Energy’s natural gas drilling pad in Sweden Township in late September. Some 55 ...

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Oil spill probed in northern West Virginia creek

PINE GROVE, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental regulators are looking into an oil spill in a northern West Virginia creek. Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelly Gillenwater tells media outlets that heat transfer oil spilled from a MarkWest Energy’s Mobley natural gas processing plant in Wetzel County on Saturday morning. The cause of the spill is under investigation. MarkWest Energy said ...

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