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Firm: California Spill Went Undetected Due to Pipeline Work

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a pipeline that spewed tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a Southern California ravine said Friday it didn’t detect the leak because the line was undergoing maintenance. Crimson Pipeline said the remotely monitored line was emptied on Wednesday to replace valves. Oil was flushed back in, but the pipeline wasn’t at full capacity when the spill occurred and there wasn’t enough oil in the line to detect a drop in pressure, company spokeswoman Kendall Klingler said. Workers shut down the line after receiving a call […]

Cleanup Underway After California Oil Pipeline Spill

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled Thursday from a pipeline and flowed down a ravine in Southern California but did not reach the ocean, officials said. As much as 29,400 gallons of oil spilled and flowed a quarter- to half-mile from the spill, fire authorities said. The line operator, Crimson Pipeline LLC, estimated that at most 25,200 gallons were released, said spokeswoman Kendall Klingler. The cause was under investigation, she said. “The product has been contained and we are in cleanup and mitigation,” she said. The spill occurred in the Hall Canyon […]

Shell: Pipeline Fixed after California Oil Spill

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

Officials at Shell Oil Co. say crews have repaired an underground pipeline after it broke and spilled up to 21,000 gallons of oil in rural Northern California. Company spokesman Ray Fisher said Tuesday that workers are running small amounts of oil through the pipeline to test it and are working on cleaning up the contaminated soil near Tracy, about an hour east of San Francisco. Shell reported the leak after noticing that its pipeline lost pressure Friday morning, and it shut off the flow of oil. San Joaquin County officials say the crude was visible […]