Corrosion outside oil pipeline caused crude spill on the Santa Barbara coast last year

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Gaviota coast, California. Oil impacted beaches north of Santa Barbara, May 2015. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care. This oil spill was the state’s largest coastal oil spill in 25 years affecting Santa Barbara County


External corrosion on an oil pipeline was the root cause of a leak that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast in May, federal regulators reported Wednesday…

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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…

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…

There’s No Such Thing As a Spill-Proof Way to Transport Oil, Time (06-17-2015)
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…

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.


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