The Latest: California oil spilled near pipeline valve

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Posted: Jun 23, 2016 4:13 PM
The Latest: California oil spilled near pipeline valve

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a spill of crude oil from a California pipeline (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

A representative of the company operating a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of crude in Southern California says the leak occurred in the vicinity of a valve.

Crimson Pipeline spokeswoman Kendall Klingler says crews were changing valves on the line Wednesday but it's not known if the valve in question had been changed.

The oil that spilled Thursday was produced by another company, Aera Energy.

Klingler says an Aera Energy maintenance worker reported the leak to Crimson around 5:30 a.m., and Crimson's control room in Long Beach, California, shut down the line and called a spill reporting number.

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11:30 a.m.

Cleanup is underway in a Southern California ravine where thousands of gallons of crude spilled from an oil pipeline.

Crimson Pipeline LLC spokeswoman Kendall Klingler says the cause of the spill Thursday in Ventura County is under investigation.

Fire authorities have estimated that as much as 700 barrels — or 29,400 gallons — were released.

The Crimson representative says the company's estimate is at most 600 barrels, which translates to 25,200 gallons.

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10:40 a.m.

A Southern California homeowner who lives close to where thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline says the smell woke up him and his wife.

Ventura resident Kirk Atwater says he found the goo flowing through his backyard early Thursday and he called 911.

Authorities estimate that up to 29,400 gallons spilled before the flow stopped. The oil moved down a ravine but didn't reach a local beach.

The spill comes 13 months after a coastal pipeline about 55 miles west in Santa Barbara County leaked more than 120,000 gallons of oil.

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9:10 a.m.

Southern California authorities have revised the estimated size of a crude oil pipeline spill down to 29,400 gallons.

The spill early Thursday in Ventura County was initially projected to be as much as 210,000 gallons.

Ventura Fire Department spokeswoman Kelly Flanders says the oil flowed about a half-mile down an arroyo but will not reach a local beach.

The spill comes 13 months after a coastal pipeline about 55 miles to the west in Santa Barbara County leaked more than 120,000 gallons of oil.

That pipeline, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, was found to have been corroded.

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This story has been corrected with officials now saying the estimated size of spill is 29,400 gallons, after they initially estimated 210,000 gallons.