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Pipelines affected by south coast oil spill to be cleaned out

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More than six months after a Plains All American pipeline ruptured, spilling thousands of gallons of crude along the south coast, other nearby pipelines that have had crude sitting in them since are now being cleaned out.

Throughout the entire month of December, Plains All American has been ordered by federal regulators with the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to purge a pipeline that connects to the pipeline that ruptured back in May.

Purging is when regulators use water and natural gas to move unprocessed oil through the pipe, oil that's been sitting idle since production was halted after the pipeline burst.

The oil will be purged out of pipes from Gaviota to the Sisquoc area -- about 40 miles.
This first step in the purge process is expected to last the entire month.

Regulators say by early next year, they will do the same to the remaining 75 miles of pipeline.

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