This May 22, 2015 photo from the U.S. Coast Guard shows two members of the Coast Guard’s Strike Team surveying the site of the pipeline break in the hills above Refugio Beach north of Goleta, Calif. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Pipeline operator defends its shutdown procedure

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The original owner of the pipeline skirted the Santa Barbara County requirement by successfully arguing in court in the late 1980s that it should be subject to federal oversight because the pipeline is part of an interstate network, said Kevin Drude, deputy director of the county’s Energy and Minerals Division. Auto shut-off valves are not required by federal regulators.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

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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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.
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.
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)

U.S. natural gas imports reach lowest level in 28 years

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Domestic natural gas production has hit record highs during the ongoing shale boom, and the low natural gas prices have played a role in replacing imports. Nearly 98 percent of natural gas imports came from Canada, but Canadian natural gas represented 7 percent of total U.S. natural gas consumption last year, which was down from 11 percent in 2009, according to the EIA.
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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.
A crew in 2012 lowers a section of pipe into the ground with cradles near Winona, Texas. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)

Pipeline companies must operate more like the upstream sector, execs say

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Houston-based Navitas Midstream, which was founded about 18 months ago, and many others are finding that they must think and act like the upstream sector even though their profits are not as directly linked to the prices of oil and gas, said Bryan Neskora, Navitas chief operating officer, while speaking at the KPMG Global Energy Conference in Houston.
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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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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.