LOCAL CALIFORNIA

An oil spill that may have released more than 29,000 gallons of crude into a grassy canyon in Ventura County did not reach the beach or trigger evacuations, Ventura County fire officials say.

  • Assessments of damage and air quality are underway.
  • The pipeline in question has a history of spills.
  • “The pump has been shut down," a firefighter said. "There’s no way it can get to the ocean.”

Crimson Pipeline has history of spills in Ventura County

Crimson Pipeline has had 10 spills involving corrosion, equipment failure and excavation damage since 2006, resulting in more than $5.8 million in property damage, federal records show.

In total, approximately 7,453 barrels of hazardous liquid has been spilled since 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

On Thursday, 700 barrels of crude oil leaked from pipeline V-10 about 5:30 a.m. in a gorge called Prince Barranca, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Up to 29,400 gallons of crude may have been released. The leak was stopped within a couple of hours.

The Colorado-based company has 661 miles of pipeline running through California.

The largest leak in Ventura was in 2008, according to federal records. In that spill, the company cited material, welding and equipment failure as a cause for the leak.

A ruptured or leaking seal/pump packing spilled 6,679 barrels, resulting in a loss of $654,300.

The costliest incident in the past 10 years for the company was in Los Angeles in September 2013, when electrical arching from equipment caused more than $3.1 million in property damage, federal records indicate.

On Dec. 8, a leak released 211 barrels in Somis after an error during an excavation operation. The incident caused $525,700 in property damage.

On Sept. 21, corrosion on a pipeline in Camarillo leaked 24 barrels, causing more than $41,000 in property damage.

The damage from Thursday’s spill has yet to be determined.

Corrosion was the cause for four spills in California since 2006, federal records show. Five spills — one of which involved corrosion — have occurred in Ventura County during the same period.

There have been no federal inspections of Crimson pipelines since at least 2006, federal records show.


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