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Officials Hope Get First Look Ruptured Oil Pipe California

Inside Climate News: Workers on Tuesday began digging up the soil around a pipe that ruptured and spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the Santa Barbara County coast. Plains All American Pipeline hopes to dig down to the pipe and take a look at the ruptured area by the end of Tuesday, company spokeswoman Meredith Matthews said. The step is crucial toward determining the cause of the break. Plains officials said they would disclose more information on the dig and possibly the condition of the pipe at...

Will Washington’s Super Green Governor Take Up the Fight Against Coal Exports?

Inside Climate News: Washington State will have perhaps the nation's greenest governor when Jay Inslee, an early visionary of America's clean energy economy [3], takes the helm in January. Inslee, a congressman since 1999, was pushing for policies to spur investment in solar panels, wind turbines and electric car batteries long before it was mainstream. Now, he will take office as one of the most controversial battles over the nation's energy and environmental future is raging in his backyard—whether to make the Pacific...

Domestic Oil Boom, Climate Change Concern Could Derail Keystone XL Permit

Inside Climate News: Less than a week after President Obama's re-election, environmental groups are again pressuring him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. This time, they have a new argument: that the heavy Canadian crude oil the line would carry isn't necessary for energy security, because U.S. oil production is booming to record levels [3] even as consumption drops. "The environmental community has established the Keystone XL as a real priority," said Daniel Kessler, a spokesman for the climate action group 350.org...

Mich. Pipeline Fight: Frustration Builds Over Elected Leaders’ Silence

Inside Climate News: At first, Katy Bodenmiller was dumbfounded by the response from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow [3], a two-term Michigan Democrat. Bodenmiller had written to Stabenow in early July asking why the senator and other Michigan officials hadn't weighed in on a plan by Enbridge Inc. [4], a Canadian pipeline operator, to replace oil pipeline 6B [5], which slices across 210 miles of southern Michigan and through Bodenmiller's two-acre property. Bodenmiller suggested to Stabenow that the project deserved extra...