As many as 10,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into a Los Angeles neighborhood after a pipeline break on the morning of May 15th. The above-ground 20-inch diameter pipeline owned by Plains Pipeline L.P. runs from the San Joaquin Valley to Long Beach.
The spill covers a half-mile area in the Atwater Village section of Los Angeles. A nearby business was evacuated after the spill, and two people were transported to a nearby hospital complaining of respitory difficulty, according to a fire official.
The break occurred at a pumping station in an industrial area in Atwater Village, according to officials. Oil is reportedly “knee-high” in some areas. Cleanup is already underway, with crews reportedly vacuuming and mopping the oil. Full cleanup is expected to take 24 hours.
The cause of the pipeline break is under investigation.