How Did 2,500 Barrels of Oil Escape Into the Pacific Ocean Without Notice?

Photo by Paul Wellman
Santa Barbara Independent | June 11, 2015
One of the big surprises to emerge out of the Refugio Oil Spill is that the pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline is the only one in all of Santa Barbara County not to have an automatic shut-off valve. Not coincidentally, it happens to be the only pipeline over which the county Energy Division has no safety and inspection oversight authority.

Full Coverage:
Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline
What Will the Refugio Oil Spill Kill?
The Mysterious Case of the Automatic Shutoff Valve

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