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.
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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 […]
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.
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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.
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.
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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.