Day: October 6, 2021

Pipeline wasn’t shut down for more than 3 hours after pressure failure alert, feds say

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The energy company that owns the ruptured pipeline that spewed more than 140,000 gallons of oil into Southern California waters didn’t shutdown the pipeline for more than three hours after being alerted, according to federal regulators.

In a letter to the company’s president, U.S. Department of Transportation safety regulators wrote that company personnel “received a low-pressure alarm” at 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the pipeline that signaled “possible failure.” It wasn’t until 6 a.m. — more than three hours later — that it was shutdown, the letter states.

The letter was sent to the pipeline operator’s parent

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