May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

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PHMSA: Pipeline Company Failed to Detect California Oil Spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An oil pipeline company responsible for a massive spill on the California coast a year ago didn’t do enough to prevent corrosion and its operators didn’t detect and react to the spill quickly enough, federal regulators said Thursday. Plains All American Pipeline also didn’t have adequate systems in place to signal there was a major leak in the pipeline running near the Santa Barbara County coast, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in its final investigation report. PHMSA’s Failure Investigation Report identifies the direct cause of the failure as external corrosion. The investigation found that several factors contributed to

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