There’s No Such Thing As a Spill-Proof Way to Transport Oil

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Clean up teams used shovels and their hands to gather affected soil and ocean debris along oil impacted beaches north of Santa Barbara on May 21, 2015. Captions and Photo source: NOAA / US Coast Guards


To a historian of pipelines, last month’s Santa Barbara oil spill is a reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Since their first introduction in the late 19th century, pipelines have leaked regularly and ruptured occasionally…

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Photos of ruptured oil pipeline provide clues of spill cause, AP

Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill ‘Extremely Unlikely’; ABC News (06-07-2015)

Pipeline That Spilled Oil on California Coast Badly Corroded, ABC News (06-04-2015)
A pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude oil near Santa Barbara last month occurred along a badly corroded section that had worn away to a fraction of an inch in thickness…

When You Drill, You Spill; Huffington Green (05-27-2015)
The Santa Barbara County spill, one of the largest in California history, reiterates what we already know: We can’t extract oil and transport it without putting our beaches, wildlife, and coastal communities at risk. The sad fact is, when you drill, you spill.

Company Responsible for Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Had Numerous Safety, Maintenance Infractions: Report, The Los Angeles Times (05-21-2015)
Pains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records…

Louisiana Environmental Group Warns Santa Barbara Oil Spill Cleanup Workers to Protect Their Health, DesmogBlog (06-09-2015)

Request by Exxon to Haul Oil After Pipeline Break Denied, AP / ABC News (06-10-2015)

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