SANTA BARBARA, CA - A Houston-based company is in some deep water (well, their oil is at least).
Plains All American Pipeline, which is headquartered downtown, is responsible for the tens of thousands of gallons of oil that's meandering off the coast of Santa Barbara, California as we speak.
Even though the onshore pipeline (that broke and consequently started spewing crude into the ocean) has been shut off within hours, more than 100,000 gallons may have gotten out. It's estimated that over 21,000 of those gallons are in the Pacific.
This is reportedly not the first safety incident for the Clay St. company. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Plains All American has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006. That's the fourth worst record, out of more than 1700 pipeline operations.
The 9-mile slick in the water is expected to harm some wildlife. California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency to draw more resources to the cleanup.
Plains has released a statement saying in part that they "...deeply regrets this release..." and are "making every effort to limit its environmental impact..."