By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper | Published on 06.24.2015 7:30 p.m.
Lawmakers question why it took Plains All American employees 3½
hours to notify the National Response Center of the equipment failure
Moxley of the Environmental Protection Agency speaks at a news
conference Wednesday in front of a timeline outlining response of the
Refugio Oil Spill. Officials could not give more details on the hours
surrounding the spill, but a letter from Plains CEO Greg Armstrong to
lawmakers published Wednesday afternoon included more details.(Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)
It took Plains All American Pipeline
employees two hours to visually confirm that oil was indeed spilling
out of their own Line 901 last month, the discovery of which prompted
one outmatched employee to fight the flow by making a makeshift berm
with his shovel.
Those are just a few of the details listed in a letter sent from
Plains CEO to several lawmakers probing for answers about the timeline
on the day of the Refugio oil spill.
The spill dumped as much as 100,000 gallons into the Pacific Ocean
and surrounding beaches last month, and a letter published Wednesday
between Plains CEO Greg Armstrong and handful of legislators put some
more clarity to the day's events. MORE