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Pipeline firm documents reveal chaos after Santa Barbara County spill

Pipeline firm documents reveal chaos after Santa Barbara County spill

Chaos and delay marked the initial hours after a pipeline burst last month along the Santa Barbara County coast, sending thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean. A timeline that Plains All American Pipeline provided to lawmakers was released Wednesday and details the company's struggle to report the spill to federal regulators in the hours after the leak was identified.  Lawmakers wanted to know why the company did not alert federal regulators to the leak until nearly 3 p.m. May 19 despite the fact that operators in Midland had shut down the line at 11:30 a.m. According to the company timeline, workers on the ground near Refugio State Beach...

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