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Group set to sue U.S. agency over pipeline safety plans

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Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required “intent to sue” notice through certified mail, giving officials 60 days to issue regulations or face a federal lawsuit.
Genesis Energy operates this crude oil pipeline in Texas City. (J. Patric Schneider/For the Chronicle)

Energy Transfer signs agreement, enters into Williams bidding process

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The agreement is another step forward for talks between the two major midstream players, which Energy Transfer had hinted it may take hostile as recently as last week.
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Texas company to pay $170,000 for 2010 Wyoming oil spill

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In March 2010 162 barrels of crude oil discharged from a pipeline into a tributary of the Norwood River. The spill has been fully cleaned up.
The Elba liquefied natural gas import terminal near Savannah, Ga.

Kinder Morgan to take over Shell’s interest in Elba LNG project

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The deal will hand Kinder Morgan full ownership of the Elba Liquefaction Co., a joint venture building an about $2.1 billion natural gas liquefaction facility at Elba Island, Georgia.
Drivers fill up their vehicles at a Sunoco station on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Cohoes, N.Y.   (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

Energy Transfer Partners to shift retail business in $1.94 billion swap

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The so-called drop down deal will sharpen Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ focus on the midstream sector, while also concentrating Energy Transfer’s retail and convince store business in Sunoco LP.
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)

House reps rap pipeline regulator for slow action on safeguards

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The stalled reforms include regulations governing how quickly companies must notify authorities after a pipeline spill, leak detection systems and the use of automatic and remote-control shut-off valves that can be triggered in emergencies to swiftly halt flowing oil and natural gas.
In this July 29, 2010, photo, oil and water flow down Ceresco Dam as oil spill clean up continues along the Kalamazoo River near Ceresco, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Frtee Press, Andre J. Jackson)

Michigan wants to ban heavy oil from an Enbridge pipeline running under a Great Lakes waterway

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The Great Lakes would be at “greatest risk” from a spill of “diluted bitumen” oil from Canada’s tar sands region, according to Attorney General Bill Schuette and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, who led a yearlong task force studying pipeline issues.
Plains All American Pipeline personnel and first responders work to place boom in Little Silver Creek in Illinois, after oil spilled from a pump station. Rains washed some of the estimated 4,200 gallons of spilled crude into the creek, and workers were trying to keep it from migrating into a nearby lake that serves as a source of drinking water for Highland, Ill. (Photo: Plains)

Workers cleaning oil spilled from Plains All American pump station near St. Louis

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The incident marks the second significant spill this year for Houston-based Plains, which is still trying to clean up crude from southern California beaches contaminated after more than 100,000 gallons of oil escaped a pipeline in May. A House committee is set to grill the nation’s top pipeline regulator about delayed safety mandates on Tuesday.
(Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Oil spills from Plains pumping station in Illinois

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The Houston-based company confirmed the release of an estimated 4,200 gallons of oil from the Pocahontas pump station on its Capwood Pipeline in Illinois, about 40 miles from St. Louis.
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)

California beach to reopen 2 months after oil spill

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State Parks officials have cleared Refugio State Beach west of Santa Barbara to reopen July 17. Crews still need to finish scraping oil off cobblestones before the public can use the beach next week.