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.
(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.
Plant operators at the control room, pipes, towers and fractional facilities at Enterprise refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas. (Thomas B. Shea/Houston Chronicle)

Enterprise building a new pipeline to connect Gulf Coast petrochemical network

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Enterprise said the new projects will bring the company’s polymer grade propylene distribution system to a total length of 587 miles and connect the system to more than 30 petrochemical facilities along the Gulf Coast.
(Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Energy Transfer continues public push to buy rival Williams

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Pipeline giant Energy Transfer resumed its public push for a buyout of targeted rival the Williams Cos. late Tuesday, as the Energy Transfer announced it was willing to hand over confidential data to its rival.
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, 2015 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)

Following California spill, House committee to scrutinize pipeline safety agency

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The House Energy and Power Subcommittee will examine the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s handling of those long-stalled mandates during a hearing Tuesday.
A rendering of Shell's planned oil platform for its Appomattox and Vicksburg discoveries in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. (Shell)

Shell moves forward on major Gulf of Mexico platform

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Shell said it authorized the major project after finding 20 percent in cost reductions and determining that it will produce a profit as long as the global benchmark for oil prices stays above $55 a barrel.