Status Report on Pipelines Delayed

A status report on risks associated with oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing beneath county soil was postponed Tuesday by Ventura County supervisors at the request of John K. Flynn, who was absent from the board meeting.

The Board of Supervisors was also scheduled to discuss applying for a federal grant to pay for a costly inventory of the network of pipes to help prevent future leaks. Four serious oil spills have occurred in the past five months.

No such map exists, state and local officials concede.

An aide to Flynn said Tuesday that the supervisor, who represents the Oxnard area, was in Agoura Hills attending a water forum.

The risk assessment was ordered by supervisors within days of an 84,000-gallon oil spill at McGrath Lake near Oxnard in December in which hundreds of migratory birds and other species were killed.

Since then, three other pipeline-related spills have been discovered in the county.

The matter is scheduled to be considered next week.

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