Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Along Santa Barbara Coast

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.
(Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Update: Encana well under control, residents still evacuated

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Encana Corp. on this morning said it has regained control of an oil well north of Karnes City in the Eagle Ford Shale. Encana lost control of the gas well on Tuesday afternoon and Karnes County officials evacuated homes nearby. The incident happened near the intersection of FM 792 and County Road 343 about four miles […]
Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Along Santa Barbara Coast

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.
APTOPIX California Oil Spill

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.
(Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Encana loses control of well in Karnes County, homes evacuated

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The Karnes County Sheriff’s Department on its Facebook page said that FM 792 between FM 719 and Texas 80 is closed until further notice.
California Oil Spill

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.
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Nine oil well deaths lead to warning about inhaling chemicals

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All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.
FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River spill

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As part of a negotiated settlement with federal prosecutors, Duke agreed to pay $68 million in fines and $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation that will benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.