Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Oil Trains Don't Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn

From:  The Guardian 

  • Records show Plains All American Pipeline admitted leak was possible
  • Sensitive Santa Barbara coastline was hit by up to 101,000 gallons of oil
California oCrew members inspect the oil spill damage at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California May 22, 2015. As much as 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude oil, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific west of Santa Barbara when an underground pipeline running parallel to a coastal highway there inexplicably burst on Tuesday morning. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
Crew members inspect oil spill damage at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California in May. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters 
A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line, while possible, was “extremely unlikely”.

The company also said state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.

Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defences the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.  MORE

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