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New information released in devastating South Coast oil spill

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New information was released Wednesday on what caused that devastating oil spill last year along the south coast, along with updated numbers of how much crude spilled into the Pacific Ocean.

The preliminary report was conducted by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration or "PHMSA."

It states corrosion on the outside of the pipeline operated by Plains All American caused the 120,000 gallon oil spill, which that number is up from the previous 100,000 gallon estimate.

It also states the line kept operating for 35 minutes after the leak occurred and that an inspection weeks before the leak incorrectly measured the amount of pipeline corrosion on both the line that leaked (901) and a nearby line (903).

Line 901 has been fully purged and line 903 should be fully purged in the coming months and remain shut down until further notice, according to PHMSA's Administrator Marie Therese-Dominguez, with whom alongside Congresswoman Lois Capps toured the spill site and affected beaches before releasing the report's findings.

"PHMSA has required Plains Corporation to take a number of actions to restore and rehabilitate the safety and the integrity of their pipelines," said Theresa-Dominguez.

"I'm currently working on pipeline safety legislation which will incorporate these lessons learned to reduce the chances of a similar spill from happening again," said Rep. Capps.

A final report will be released this spring that Therese-Dominguez said will include regulation and inspection policy changes.

Click here to view the full preliminary report.

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