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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man who led Pacific Gas & Electric Company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco area is retiring at the end of the year.

PG&E announced the retirement of Christopher P. Johns in a statement Tuesday, praising his leadership and service. PG&E Chairman and CEO Tony Earley said the board of directors is likely to discuss a replacement plan before Johns' last day Dec. 31.

Johns joined PG&E in 1996 as vice president and controller, becoming president of the state's largest utility in August 2009.

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American Midstream Partners is conducting a binding open season for a 50-mile Bakken crude oil gathering and transportation system in the core of McKenzie County, ND Bakken shale region. The new line would transport up to 40,000 bpd of crude oil beginning in June 2015.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.

GOLETA, California (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 gallonsless than previously thought.

Plains All American is still measuring the spill as it cleans up along the Santa Barbara County coastline and recovers oil from the pipeline.

Over the last decade, the oil majors have spent many billions on upstream exploration activity, hoping to find new gushers to replace their mature assets. But gone are the days when oil companies would take on new mega-projects with tens of billions of dollars in exploration costs.

While we constantly analyze short-term data, the industry has a longer-term problem. And it is not related to what lies below the ground.

WASHINGTON — If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy.

It hasn't worked out that way.

The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March quarter and may barely grow for the first half of 2015 — thanks in part to sharp cuts in energy drilling. And despite their savings at the gas pump, consumers have slowed rather than increased their spending.

San Antonio-based pipeline operator NuStar Energy and global energy company CHS announced Friday the companies jointly develop an expanded pipeline and terminal network that will increase supply of propane in the Upper Midwest.

“We are excited to pursue this strategic alliance with NuStar," said Andrew Combs, vice president, propane. "The investments support our long-term commitment as a reliable supplier of propane.”

Kinder Morgan announced Friday it received notification the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) declined its application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the proposed 360-mile Palmetto Pipeline from Belton, SC, to Jacksonville, FL, is part of the system.