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In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, two cleanup crew members work to remove oil from the sand along a portion of soiled coastline. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Section of pipe involved in California oil spill unearthed

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Artealia Gilliard of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Thursday that the section was extracted and will be wrapped in protective insulation before it is sent to a laboratory in Ohio for metallurgical testing.
(Shane Bevel/Bloomberg News)

Crude oil inventories fall again, but production jumps

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U.S. commercial stores of crude oil fell by another 2.8 million barrels to a total of 479.4 million barrels for the week ending May 22, according to data collected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, two cleanup crew members work to remove oil from the sand along a portion of soiled coastline. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Company hopes to remove ruptured oil pipeline by Tuesday

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The company now says the estimate of the worst-case volume of oil released is up to 101,000 gallons — about 4,200 gallons less than previously believed.
FILE - This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill near Tioga, N.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)

Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years

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“It’s now just become part of our lives,” Patty Jensen said of the massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered in September 2013 by her husband.
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.
Clean up crews this month remove 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.
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.
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.