Mapping 7 million gallons of crude oil spills

June 15, 2015, www.hcn.org | “On May 19, a pipeline owned by Plains All American burst near Santa Barbara, California, ultimately spilling more than 100,000 gallons, or some 2,400 barrels, of oil. Tens of thousands of gallons of the oil slid into a storm drain and flowed into the Pacific Ocean.  The spill garnered national coverage for good reason: It killed or injured hundreds of birds, sea lions and other wildlife, sullied a long stretch of beautiful coastline and happened near where the notorious 1969 spill that inflamed a burgeoning environmental movement occurred.”

A thousand pipeline ruptures or spills reported nationwide in the past five years. Causes include lightning, corrosion (Santa Barbara spill), bigger spills resulted from valves being left open and others were caused by bad seals, heavy rains and people puncturing pipelines while digging. Of all the reported incidents, only one lists “intentional,” i.e. sabotage, as the cause.
A thousand pipeline ruptures or spills reported nationwide in the past five years.
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