Plains All American pipeline burst spills 10K gallons of oil in L.A.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says a ruptured oil pipe has caused ~10K gallons of crude oil to spill onto the city's streets.

The oil covers a half-mile area and is knee-high in some places after spurting 15-20 feet into the air from a burst 20-inch pipe; the flow of oil to the pipe was remotely shut down within 10 minutes of the burst being detected, but the leak continued for another 45 minutes.

A Bloomberg report says the pipeline is owned by Plains All American (PAA -0.8%).

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  • donleathers
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    There seems to be conflicting information out there. This says 10k gallons covering a half mile area and knee deep in some places. It would take a lot more than 10k gallons to cover a half mile and knee deep in some places.


    Another story reports that 4 commercial buildings were impacted and the mail cleanup is already done. A valve malfunctioned.
    15 May 2014, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • jarco
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    Just adds to the fear of below ground pipeline infrastructure. NTSB's fed counterpart is just as dysfunctional when it comes to antiquate inspection requirements and oversight due diligence. Mines, rail cars, pipelines . . . . bridges. Not only are we falling apart from age, we're falling apart because of incompetence. Guess former Defense Secretary Gates has it right on the 60 minutes (?) interview. His most feared concern in the world was within the 2 mile area of White House and Capital Hill.
    15 May 2014, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    Geez, right in the middle of L.A.
    15 May 2014, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • It's.Me.
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    This is another reason why we should switch to cleaner energy sources. There isn't enough oil in the world to be spilling 10...THOUSAND gallons... that is a lot of oil. Geez. Somebody put me in charge.
    16 May 2014, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • Doug Ashby
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    First...10k gallons equates to <1.5 truckloads, or 250 bbls. A mere drop in the bucket. I work in this industry, and on an average DAY, 120 loads, at approx. 185 bbls a load, are carried into our station. That's 120 loads x 185 bbls = 222,000bbls. At 40 gals per bbl that's 888,000 gals, per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
    Would you be so alarmed if you read that two trucks collided and spilled their loads? "Wow, two trucks hauling crude crashed and spilled their loads...where's the sports section?" This is just another example of the Liberal Media sensationalizing a story for the anti-oil, pro-wind/solar fanatics.


    Secondly, The economic benefits from America’s oil and natural gas industry are vast and undeniable, in 2011 the industry supported more than 9.8 million jobs, 600,000 more jobs than it supported just two years earlier...and could create 1.4 million more jobs in the coming years.
    9.8 million...thats enough jobs, at an ABOVE average income and top ranked benefits, to employ the ENTIRE population of the State of Michigan.


    - Read more at:


    And lastly...ending the oil and gas industry, which by the way encompasses more oil and gas resources here in the USA than any other country, including Saudi Arabia, would mean adding to our already unacceptable unemployment rate and further injury to our already stagnant economy.
    Please...a little due dilligence, beyond what you read or have heard from, the liberal media. This is an industry that supports almost 10 million families and puts the United States squarely on the path to complete Independence from foriegn oil,
    AND the dangerous political concessions that go with that dependency.


    Put you in charge? Geez indeed!
    28 May 2014, 12:38 PM Reply Like
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