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Feds order company involved in California oil spill to test, study pipe
Feds order company involved in California oil spill to test, study pipe

Federal regulators on Friday ordered the company responsible for an oil spill on the Santa Barbara County coast to remove a portion of the ruptured pipeline for inspection, as scientists assessing the damage warned that the crude could harm the marine environment for years. As investigators try to determine what caused the rupture, officials said that the pipeline, purchased by Plains All American Pipeline in 1998, was the only large transmission line in Santa Barbara County not fitted with an automatic shutdown valve. Such a safety device would have automatically shut down the pipeline, overriding human operators. County officials require the device, but a court ruling in 1988 allowed...

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