Tar is removed from the coastline that remained closed on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif., after tar balls washed ashore. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Plains All American lab tests show oil from pipeline spill spread along hundreds of miles of California coastline

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Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline released a summary of the lab tests on Friday, as state and federal lawmakers intensified their scrutiny of the company’s ruptured Line 901 and the oil spill near Santa Barbara last month.
FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, a worker removes oil from sand at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. An underground pipe, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spewed oil down a culvert and into the Pacific on May 19 before it was shut off. Democratic U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein say the response to the oil spill that blackened beaches and created a 10-square-mile slick on the ocean was "insufficient." and called on federal regulators to provide more details on the activities and decisions by Plains. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

California oil spill gushed like hose ‘without a nozzle’

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An employee at the scene for Plains All American Pipeline initially suggested to firefighters that the spill “was too big to be from their pipeline,” according to the documents obtained by The Associated Press.
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)

Congress probing California oil spill that blackened beaches

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday asked the pipeline operator for detailed information on maintenance of the failed line and inspection records.
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In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, two cleanup crew members work to remove oil from the sand along a portion of soiled coastline. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

California beachfront owner sues Houston pipeline operator over oil spill

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The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles is at least the fourth proposed class-action against Plains since the May 19 spill blackened beaches and spread oil at least 100 miles. Beaches and campgrounds were closed, fishing was prohibited nearby, and nearly 300 dead marine mammals and birds have been found.
FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, a worker removes oil from sand at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. An underground pipe, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spewed oil down a culvert and into the Pacific on May 19 before it was shut off. Democratic U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein say the response to the oil spill that blackened beaches and created a 10-square-mile slick on the ocean was "insufficient." and called on federal regulators to provide more details on the activities and decisions by Plains. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Pipeline firm couldn’t reach staff at California spill site

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Plains All American workers at the site near Santa Barbara were contending with “immediate demands and distractions” and couldn’t be reached by Plains personnel based in Bakersfield, documents said. One of the workers, along with firefighters, used shovels to try to construct a makeshift berm to slow the oil’s spread.
The Trans-Alaska pipeline snakes its way to the North Slope next to the Dalton Highway north of Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP file photo/Al Grillo)

Repair planned for small leak in trans-Alaska pipeline

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Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is working on a repair for a small crude oil leak found in a buried section of the trans-Alaska pipeline, but for now an employee is tending to the leak with a rag.
Gregory Ebel, President and CEO of Spectra Energy, talks about the Texas Eastern Transmission which has 9,200 miles of pipeline connecting the Gulf Coast to Northeast United States on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Houston.  Gregory Ebel, President and CEO of Spectra Energy, is featured in a Business Q&A  ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Houston operator of ruptured gas pipeline fined in 2011 inspection

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Spectra Energy was cited during the 2011 inspection for three violations, including failure to inspect sections of pipe for corrosion, and was required to pay a civil penalty of $134,500, according to reports by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
In this Thursday April 2, 2015, handout photo provided by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), emergency boats works to put out a fire at the Abkatun-A Permanente shallow-water oil platform in the Campeche Sound. Three workers are missing following the huge blaze on the platform in the Gulf of Mexico that killed four workers and burned for hours, Mexico's state oil company said Thursday. (AP Photo/Pemex)

Fire, oil leak reported at Pemex offshore oil rig

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The accident at the Akal-H platform is Pemex’s third since April 1, when seven people died in a fire at the Abkatun A- Permanente platform. Two other workers died last month when a jack-up rig operated by Typhoon Offshore SAPI de CV collapsed in the Campeche Bay.
This July 8, 2013 file photo provided by Surete du Quebec, shows debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press,File)

New charges brought in 2013 Quebec oil train disaster

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Regulatory agency Transport Canada announced the charges Monday after an investigation found an insufficient number of handbrakes were applied and the handbrakes were not tested properly.
(Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

OSHA says open-flame heater caused gas rig fire that killed three Oklahoma workers

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Records indicate that the company, Dan D Drilling, was cited in June 2013 for allowing the use of an open-flame heater on one of its rigs. Dan D Drilling received 10 OSHA violations and faces penalties.