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  1. Cantwell states concern after Canada approves Trans-Mountain line

    US Sen. Maria E. Cantwell (D-Wash.) expressed concern over a possible crude- oil spill in waters between her state and British Columbia after Canada’s federal government approved Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposed pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby, BC, near Vancouver ( OGJ Online, Nov. 30, 2016 ). “Given the importance of the Pacific Coast to the United States, I urge you to engage with Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau and take action to protect the Puget Sound,” she said in a Dec. 7 letter to US President Barack Obama. “It is critical that sufficient policies, response resources, and regulations are in place before moving forward with construction of the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.” Cantwell, who is the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s ranking minority member, said the Canadian government based its decision solely on the basis of the pipeline’s impact on Canada and did not consider its possible risks to the US. “Project approval was rendered without consideration of the best available science on oil properties and interactions with the marine environment, and ignored significant known deficiencies in tar sands oil spill prevention and response capabilities,” she said. Oil spills have the potential to collapse Pacific Northwest fisheries, devastate its tourism, and pose a direct threat to key species such as the endangered Southern resident orcas, the senator noted. A spill in the Strait of Juan de Fuca or the transboundary Salish Sea could restrict vessel traffic to a point that ports’ operations could be brought to a grinding halt, with devastating impact on both the state and national economies, she warned. Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  2. Utility Company: EPA: Dickerson power plant is source of Potomac oil spill

    The Environmental Protection Agency says a NRG Energy power plant in Dickerson, Maryland, is the source of an oil spill that caused a rainbow sheen on the Potomac River near Washington last week.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  3. Oil Pipeline: Cantwell urges spill protections after Canada pipeline OK'd

    U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is urging stronger measures to protect Washington state from oil spills after Canada's government approved a pipeline expansion project that would dramatically increase oil tankers through the Salish Sea.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  4. Duke Energy unit to plead guilty in Ohio River oil spill

    Duke says it has already paid nearly $1 million in restitution

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  1. Oil News: Duke company agrees to plead guilty in Ohio River oil spill

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    Thu, 24 Nov 2016

  2. Oil and Gas: City eyes key permit for oil terminal on Washington coast

    As the small city of Hoquiam considers a key permit for a proposed terminal that would move millions of barrels of crude oil through Grays Harbor, opponents are raising concerns about the potential for oil spills and impacts on tribal fishing rights.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  3. Oil Pipeline: Canada PM approves controversial pipeline to Pacific Coast

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday approved one controversial pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast, but rejected another.

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  4. Oil and Gas: Louisiana official defends fish testing after oil spill

    A former Louisiana Cabinet official is fending off criticism about the way he managed a program to ensure seafood from the Gulf of Mexico was safe to eat after a massive oil spill in 2010.

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    Tue, 25 Oct 2016

  5. Oil and Gas: Drill, baby, drill? Election reignites offshore-oil debate

    The controversy over drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean has been reignited by the election of Donald Trump, and environmentalists and coastal businesses say it could be the first major fault line that divides them from the new president.

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    Thu, 24 Nov 2016

  6. Oil and Gas: BP to lay off up to 80 employees from Indiana plant

    One of northwest Indiana's largest and most stable industrial employers is planning to lay off up to 80 employees amid a global slump in the oil business.

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    Fri, 18 Nov 2016

  7. Oil and Gas: Pipeline remains closed following oil spill in Oklahoma

    A Seaway Crude Pipeline Co. pipeline that spilled oil at a storage hub in Oklahoma remains closed.

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    Tue, 25 Oct 2016

  8. Oil Pipeline: State, federal agency seek damages for Yellowstone oil spill

    The state of Montana and U.S. Department of Interior say they'll seek compensation for environmental damages caused by a 30,000-gallon pipeline spill into the Yellowstone River.

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    Fri, 28 Oct 2016

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