Oil Pipeline Break and Spill in Santa Barbara County, California, on May 19, 2015; Summary and Information Sources

On May 19, 2015, an underground pipeline carrying crude oil along the coastline of Santa Barbara County, California, ruptured and spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons, of which an estimated 21,000 gallons reached the ocean water via a stormwater culvert (estimates reported in news accounts as of May 25).  The Plains All American Pipeline is a 24.6-inch diameter, 10.6 mile long pipeline between Las Flores Canyon and Gaviota, Calif.  The federal Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has regulatory authority over the pipeline, which is operated by Plains All American Pipeline LP (https://www.plainsallamerican.com/).

Following are several ongoing sources of information, as of 5/26/15.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, “Cal Spill Watch,” online at https://calspillwatch.dfg.ca.gov/.

CBS News, California Oil Spill Photo Gallery, online at http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/california-coastline-oil-spill/.

Los Angeles Times, “Full Coverage – Santa Barbara Oil Spill,” online at http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-santa-barbara-oil-spill-20150520-storygallery.html.

U.S. Coast Guard, District 11 (includes California), online at http://www.uscg.mil/D11/.

U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, “Briefing Room,” online at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/media-congress.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Emergency Management, “Oil Spills,” online at http://www.epa.gov/oilspill/.

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