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Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

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An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. crude oil production.
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US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

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The Iranian role was not mentioned in a new U.S. military statement asserting that Iraqi security forces, with U.S. help, had managed to establish a land route into the Beiji refinery compound.
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Fire on Gulf oil platform forces evacuation of 28 workers

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The Coast Guard reported a light sheen of oil could be seen from the air along a more than one-mile stretch of water. Also, about 4,000 barrels of crude oil is stored on the platform.
Clean up crews removed oil-laden sand on the beach at Refugio State Beach, site of an oil spill, north of Goleta, Calif.  (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)

Plains All American: Finding cause of California oil spill could take months

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Bad weather slowed cleanup efforts early Friday at the spill site in Santa Barbara County, where gusty winds whipped up waves as high as 4 feet, the National Weather Service said.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Records tally accidents involving Plains All American following oil spill

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A federal database shows enforcement cases against the companies resulted in collection of $154,000 in penalties, for violations including not doing enough to prevent pipeline corrosion, failing to inspect valves frequently enough and not preventing lines from being over-pressured.
This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday.   (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Thousands of gallons of oil sopped up from California coast

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday night declared a state of emergency, a move that frees up additional state funding to help with the cleanup.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Plains All American says up to 105,000 gallons of oil may have spilled from California pipeline

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The Plains All American Pipeline company says in a statement the current estimate remains 21,000 gallons, but it says that figure is under investigation.
In this March 31, 2015 photo, a supply vessel crosses an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak's environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps that the Gulf routinely absorbs. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Gulf oil leak records cannot be kept secret, US judge says

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An Associated Press investigation recently revealed evidence that the leak at the site of the toppled platform is worse than Taylor or government regulators had publicly reported.
Clean up crews removed oil-laden sand on the beach at Refugio State Beach, site of an oil spill, north of Goleta, Calif.  (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)

Efforts underway to scrub spilled oil from California coast

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Workers from an environmental cleanup company strapped on boots and gloves and picked up shovels and rakes to tackle the gobs of goo stuck to sand and rocks along Refugio State Beach on the southern Santa Barbara County coast.
In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department people walk on a beach with an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday, May 19. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

4-mile oil slick lines California coast after pipeline spill

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Initial estimates put the spill at about 21,000 gallons Tuesday, but that figure would likely change after a Wednesday morning flyover gave a better sense of the spill’s scope, U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jennifer Williams said.