More repairs ordered for pipe after California oil spill

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal regulators investigating a California oil spill say an inspection weeks before the rupture miscalculated corrosion in the pipe and a neighboring line.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered the operator Friday to purge oil from the neighboring 129-mile long line and make repairs.

The agency took the action because the line owned by Plains All American Pipeline was constructed and operated in the same way as the line that broke May 19 outside Santa Barbara.

The spill dumped more than 100,000 gallons on land and flowed onto a pristine Santa Barbara County beach and into the Pacific.

Oil from the spill washed up on beaches more than 100 miles away and hundreds of dead birds and marine mammals were recovered.