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Rail tracks in northeast Montana reopened after derailment

CULBERTSON, Mont. — Crews have reopened a rail line in northeast Montana where four tank cars derailed and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman Matt Jones says the track was reopened about 9 p.m. Friday. Twenty-two cars of a BNSF train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed Thursday night about 5 miles east ...

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Final beach fouled by oil spill reopens in California

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A California beach fouled by an enormous oil spill nearly two months ago is reopening, and officials say the costly cleanup is nearly complete. Refugio Beach is the last of the beaches that were closed when a corroded onshore pipeline ruptured. It was expected to reopen Friday. The May 19 break spilled up to 101,000 gallons ...

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TIMELINE-BP oil spill, litigation at a glance

Sept 4 (Reuters) – BP Plc reached a $18.7 billion settlement to end five years of litigation following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The following is a timeline of key events: * April 20, 2010, RIG EXPLODES: An explosion on ...

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Pipeline firm documents reveal chaos after Santa Barbara County spill

Chaos and delay marked the initial hours after a pipeline burst last month along the Santa Barbara County coast, sending thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean. A timeline that Plains All American Pipeline provided to lawmakers was released Wednesday and details the company’s struggle to report the spill to federal regulators in the hours after the leak ...

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Winds, choppy seas slow cleanup of California oil spill

GOLETA, Calif. — Weather has slowed cleanup efforts at the site of an oil spill that fouled a California shoreline. The National Weather Service says gusty winds are whipping up waves as high as 4 feet early Friday off Santa Barbara County. Several days of calm seas had helped crews. A small watercraft advisory was issued overnight and Santa Barbara ...

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21,000 gallons of crude oil leaked near Santa Barbara County beaches

A ruptured pipeline near Santa Barbara leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil Tuesday, some of which flowed into the ocean and left a thick coat of black tar along the county’s pristine shores, authorities said. The rupture, located along an 11-mile long underground pipe that’s part of a larger oil transport network bound for Kern County, was first ...

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Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO — The company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has downplayed its size and shrouded its work in secrecy. But an Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence the Taylor Energy spill is far worse than what it — or the federal government — has publicly reported. Presented with AP’s findings, ...

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Rail car safety concerns SJ officials

Calls for improved railroad tank car safety, following a string of derailments and explosive fires involving flammable liquids such as crude oil and ethanol, could help protect residents of San Joaquin County where hundreds of such tank cars move each month. Area government and railroad officials agree safer tank cars are needed but also say they are working to limit ...

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Coast Guard: Ship hits 2 others on Mississippi; oil spills

CONVENT, La. — About 420 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River and a nine-mile stretch of the waterway was closed after a ship broke free of its mooring in southern Louisiana and hit two other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Privocean, a 751-foot bulk carrier, broke free near Convent around 4:00 p.m. Monday, drifted downriver and ...

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