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Commentary: Offshore energy is a bigger challenge and a safer one

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Houston lawyer Glenn Legge notes that the current administration is reinforcing its position that violations of federal offshore regulations — including submitting false, inaccurate, or misleading reports — can lead to criminal charges.
(John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Pipeline violation penalties break record in 2013

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed $9.78 million in civil penalties against pipeline operators for alleged violations of federal law in 2013, the agency announced this week.
A massive fire from a PG&E pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Utility criminally charged in fatal pipeline blast

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tesoro Corp.'s Golden Eagle Refinery, where two workers were recently sprayed with sulfuric acid, sits near Interstate 680 close to the Waterbird Regional Preserve in Pacheco. (Michael Short/special To The San Francisco Chronicle)

Tesoro bars federal safety agency from East Bay refinery

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In an unprecedented challenge, Tesoro Corp. has barred federal authorities from going inside its refinery near Martinez to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe, The Chronicle has learned.
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Citations pending for California nuclear plant flaw

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Federal regulators announced Monday they are considering slapping a California utility with two violations for problems that eventually led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
Gulf Rig Fire

Houston’s Black Elk Energy had history of violations before fatal fire

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Before last week’s fatal fire at one of Black Elk Energy’s oil production platforms, the five-year-old firm had racked up more than 300 documented mistakes and violations offshore, according to federal regulators who cracked down on the Houston-based company Wednesday.