Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.
Federal inspectors said the area near the break had earlier been repaired because of corrosion. At the break point, over 80 percent of the wall thickness of the pipeline had been eaten away.
The pipeline, completed in 1990, is part of a network of lines that move crude oil to inland refineries. A handful of prior spills have taken place on the line, the largest about 1,200 gallons…
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…
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.