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Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

LOS ANGELES — Beaches along the Santa Barbara County coast remained open to swimmers, surfers and sunbathers Friday as the Coast Guard worked to determine whether an oil slick that materialized just offshore this week was simply the result of natural ocean-floor seepage. That’s the conclusion Jordan Clark, professor of earth science and environmental studies at the University of California, ...

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Owner of ruptured oil pipeline has history of big spills, fines

Nearly two decades ago, Plains All American Pipeline embarked on a buying spree across the United States and Canada, acquiring thousands of miles of aging pipeline. The purchases turned Plains into one of North America’s biggest energy pipeline companies. But it also left the firm with a patchwork of pipes, some in need of crucial maintenance. Mechanical failures on the ...

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