Panel probes Santa Barbara oil spill that blackened beaches

Jul 14, 2015 12:03 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional committee will hear testimony Tuesday on a pipeline break that created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has been facing questions about the effectiveness of its oversight since the May 19 break near Santa Barbara.

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power wants to know why the agency is behind on changes ordered by Congress several years ago.

The committee is examining whether the failure to meet those requirements compromised pipeline safety, especially in light of the California spill.

The failed line - owned by Plains All American Pipeline - released up to 101,000 gallons.

An estimated 21,000 gallons reached the Pacific Ocean, and goo washed up on beaches as far as 100 miles away.

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