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US senate committee probes pipeline safety after oil spills

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. Senate committee is holding a field hearing on pipeline safety following spills that fouled a Montana river and the coast of Southern California. Senators are examining whether the government has enough safety inspectors to manage a boom in U.S. energy production that’s led to a rise in oil pipeline accidents after years of declines. More ...

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Months before oil spill, signs of poor record-keeping found

LOS ANGELES — The pipeline company responsible for an oil spill that blackened California beaches kept shoddy records on emergency training and how it would protect pristine coastline in the event of a break, federal regulators said Friday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed six violations from inspections begun in 2013 — some 20 months before the May ...

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California oil spill cleanup costs reaches $62 million

GOLETA, Calif. — The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday. Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete, Plains All American Pipeline’s on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told ...

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Lawmakers seek answers about pipeline company’s ‘troubling’ safety record

A group of U.S. lawmakers is questioning the safety record of the pipeline company responsible for last month’s oil spill along the Santa Barbara coast. In a letter Friday to Plains All American Pipeline Chief Executive Greg Armstrong, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) asked the company to provide ...

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