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PHMSA Cites External Corrosion as Cause of Santa Barbara Spill

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

External corrosion on a pipeline pumping crude was the root cause of the rupture last May that spilled over 140,000 gallons of oil on the Santa Barbara coast, federal regulators reported. The spill occurred after pumps on the Plains All American Pipeline were shut down and restarted, sending a larger volume of oil surging through the 2-foot pipe at higher pressure, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in preliminary findings. Reports of corrosion on the pipe and mention of the pump shutdown were not new, but regulators hadn’t previously announced the cause or […]

Apache Faces More Charges in Canada over Safety

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

The Alberta Energy Regulator said Apache could be slapped with a penalty of up to $2.5 million for a spill in northwestern Alberta two years ago. In that incident, contaminated water spilled about 40 km from Whitecourt, affecting a nearby creek. Apache has been charged on five counts under the Pipeline Act and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. The regulator says this is the third action against Apache in seven months. In October, Apache was charged on seven counts for a 2013 spill near Zama City. The case is still ongoing. An AER spokesman […]