US regulators to detail cause of California oil spill

May 19, 2016 1:10 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators say they have concluded an investigation into a pipeline break that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast a year ago.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration plans to issue a final report Thursday afternoon detailing the cause of the spill that closed popular beaches and is blamed for killing hundreds of birds and marine mammals.

The agency has said severe corrosion on the pipe owned by Plains All American Pipeline caused the spill, but the final report is expected to go into greater depth.

The report comes on the anniversary of the spill that went undetected until oil began spilling onto a pristine beach.

Texas-based Plains was indicted this week on dozens of criminal charges in Santa Barbara Superior Court.

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