July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

Features

Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill 'Extremely Unlikely'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was “extremely unlikely” and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show. Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur. The company acknowledged the potential for oil to leak from the 24-inch, 10.6-mile pipeline west of Santa Barbara. A

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