Ventura subpoenas oil spill records

The Associated Press


Ventura has subpoenaed all records relating to an oil spill in the city last month.

In this Thursday, June 23, 2016 file photo Cal State Channel Islands professor Sean Anderson and his son, Gabriel, right, make their way down to the bottom of a ravine to study oil from a spill in Ventura, Calif. The City of Ventura has subpoenaed all records relating to an oil spill in Ventura last month, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Ventura has subpoenaed all records relating to an oil spill in the city last month.

The city wants all maintenance, repairs and inspections records of the pipeline by July 18. It also wants information about how much oil spilled, the cleanup process and what checks were done before the pipeline was reopened, the Ventura County Star reported Tuesday, (

About 29,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from an underground coastal pipeline and flowed at least a quarter-mile into a canyon near Ventura on June 23. The ooze never reached the ocean or beach.

Tim Gallagher, a spokesman for the company that operates the pipeline, said it was back in service on Thursday, as required by state regulations.

"It's considered a vital part of the state oil infrastructure," the Crimson Pipeline spokesman said.

Crimson Pipeline said last week that it didn't detect the leak because it was undergoing maintenance work at the time.

The city has ordered the pipeline where the spill originated to be shut down.

Gallagher said the company would work to comply with parts of the order but that some documents only could be provided by the lead agency investigating the spill, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The spill came 13 months after more than 120,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline with a different owner spilled on the coast of neighboring Santa Barbara County. Some of the crude flowed into the ocean at Refugio State Beach and killed birds and sea lions.


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