Pipeline firm told California oil spill 'extremely unlikely'

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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."

Plains All American Pipeline also said in its spill response plan filed with California regulators that its state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators.

The records were released under the state's public records laws.

The company said the potential for oil to leak from the pipeline west of Santa Barbara. But a team of experts organized by the company assessed that risk as remote.

On May 19, a breach caused up to 101,000 gallons of oil to spill, blackening beaches.

A company spokeswoman declined to comment, citing an ongoing federal investigation.