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Plains All American Pipeline releases statement on Santa Barbara oil spill

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Statement from Plains All American Pipeline: 

Earlier today, Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., became aware of a crude oil release from its 24-inch Las Flores to Gaviota pipeline in Santa Barbara County. Initial reports indicate the released oil reached a culvert leading to the Pacific Ocean. As a result, the spill has impacted ocean water and the shoreline. At this time, the amount of released oil is unknown.

Plains shut down the flow of oil in the pipeline and has initiated its emergency response plan. The culvert has been blocked so no additional oil is reaching the water. Plains is working with local officials and first responders on site to begin clean up and remediation efforts.

Plains deeply regrets this release has occurred and is making every effort to limit its environmental impact. Our focus remains on ensuring the safety of all involved. No injuries have been reported at this time.

At a press conference Tuesday evening, Plains spokesman Darren Palmer said updates on the company's response to the oil spill would be available on the web at www.plainsupdate.com. Further information would also be available by calling 866-753-3619.

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