July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

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PHMSA: Pipeline Operator Couldn't Reach Staff at California Spill Site

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As thousands of gallons of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline spread along the California coast, its operator was unable to contact workers near the break to get information required to alert federal emergency officials, records released Wednesday said. Personnel for Plains All American Pipeline needed the precise location of the May 19 spill and an estimate of its size before notifying the National Response Center, a clearinghouse for reports of hazardous-material releases, according to federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration documents. However, company workers at the site near Santa Barbara were contending with “immediate demands and

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