The environmental regulatory vise continues to squeeze the U.S. oil and gas industry. Washington has followed Alaska's lead in adopting super-tough oil spill rules, with California and Oregon expected to follow suit soon (see story, p. 19). The state regs, effective Dec. 6 for owners or operators of oil handling facilities and pipelines and Jan. 1 for owners or operators of seagoing vessels, require state approved oil spill plans. Rules implementing spill prevention provisions are to be

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