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Coast Guard defends cleanup response to California oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.

The first wave of workers deployed booms in the water to corral the oil slick and placed them along the shoreline to protect ecologically sensitive habitats. Others vacuumed up oil from the site of the underground pipeline that ruptured on May 19, sending up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil down a culvert and onto the beach north of Santa Barbara. An estimated 21,000 gallons escaped into the Pacific and quickly spread.

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Trial set for ex-BP executive accused of obstructing probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal trial is set to begin in New Orleans for a former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

David Rainey has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed the investigation, and that he made false statements about his calculations of the rate at which oil was flowing from BP's Macondo well.

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Timeline of the California oil spill and response

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — On May 19, an underground pipeline on California's Central Coast leaked up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil. It fouled nearby beaches, and an estimated 21,000 gallons flowed into the ocean. It was the worst spill in the area since a platform blowout in 1969 spilled several million gallons and helped give rise to the modern environmental movement.

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Response by operator of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst — an oil spill — when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department rushed to the shoreline, where they discovered oil flowing across a beach and into the Pacific. What was supposed to be a drill turned real.

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Ruptured pipe to be excavated in California

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Plains All American Pipeline said the section of pipeline that ruptured and leaked near Santa Barbara last week is being dug out and examined Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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ND spill cleanup dragging on

Source: 
The Associated Press

North Dakota regulators says the clean-up of a Tesoro Corp. pipeline spill that left oil covering more than 7 acres of land in the northwest part of the state will take at least two and a-half more years, The Associated Press reports.

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Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fire that burned for more than a day on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast was extinguished early Saturday, the Coast Guard said.

The fire was on a platform in Breton Sound near environmentally delicate barrier islands off the state's southeast coast. It was reported out around 6 a.m. after firefighting crews boarded the platform, Petty Officer Carlos Vega said.

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Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region.

Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.

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Company hopes to remove ruptured oil pipeline by Tuesday

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday.

The company on Monday downgraded the amount of oil that may have spilled. The new estimate of the worst-case volume of oil released is 101,000 gallons. That's about 4,200 gallons less than previously thought.

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Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.

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, according an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

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