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Wed May 27 2015 (Updated 06/02/15)
Big Oil Trashes California Coast
Pipeline Owner in Santa Barbara Oil Spill Has Had 175 Spill Incidents Since 2006
A local citizen first reported an oil spill coming from a leak in the pipeline at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara at around noon on May 19. Coast Guard crews stopped the oil leak by 3 p.m., but as much as 105,000 gallons were released, with tens of thousands of gallons going into the ocean. The company that owns the pipeline involved in the spill has had 175 incidents (mostly oil spills) nationwide since 2006, including 11 in California, according to a Center for Biological Diversity analysis of federal documents.

The spill from the ruptured pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline expanded overnight from four miles long to two slicks stretching nine miles along the coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 11-mile long section of pipeline from Las Flores to Gaviota carries crude oil from offshore platforms and an Exxon Mobil processing plant.

“This company’s disturbing record highlights oil production’s toxic threat to California’s coast,” said Miyoko Sakashita, the Center’s oceans program director. “Oil pipelines and offshore fracking and drilling endanger our fragile marine ecosystems. Every new oil project increases the risk of fouled beaches and oil-soaked sea life.”

Read More || See Also: Hundreds will rally as oil spill fouls Santa Barbara "marine protected areas" | Santa Barbara disaster inevitable with Big Oil's capture of regulatory apparatus | Santa Barbara Spill Shows Again That There is No Good Way to Clean up Ocean Oil Spills | New Santa Barbara Oil Spill Illustrates Unpredictability of Oil Infrastructure | Concerned Residents, Elected Officials Rally in Response to Refugio Beach Spill | Pipeline Owner in Santa Barbara Oil Spill Has Had 175 Spill Incidents Since 2006 | Santa Barbara oil spill highlights dangers of offshore fracking and drilling
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