Saturday, 25 June 2016

Up to 210,000 gallons of oil spills from California pipeline

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — An underground pipeline spewed thousands of gallons of crude oil Thursday near the Southern California coast but the foul-smelling goo was contained in a lengthy stretch of ravine and never reached nearby beaches.About 29,000 gallons of oil spilled and flowed at least a quarter-mile in the canyon near Ventura, fire authorities said.Resident Kirk Atwater said he called 911 after smelling and hearing the flowing crude."We started getting this horrendous smell and I knew right away what it was," he said.Atwater, 56, said he went up the canyon on his motor scooter and found the oil gushing from an above-ground box that he surmised covers equipment."It was just pouring out like water coming out of a fire hydrant," he said.He said he found a posted phone number and reported the leak to the pipeline company.Fire crews responded and a pump house operating the line was shut down. Firefighters built a dam of dirt to keep the oil from moving farther.The oil left a bl

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