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Pipeline breaks, spills crude oil into Los Angeles neighbourhood

Published on May 16, 2014 4:58 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A malfunction at an oil pipeline pump station spewed crude as high as 40 feet over an industrial area of Los Angeles on Thursday, covering an open lot and the roof of a strip club beside it, and sickening people at a nearby medical building.

The spill was 10,000 gallons and covered a half-mile area, according to Captain Jamie Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The pipeline runs from the San Joaquin Valley in California to Long Beach, Moore said.

The break in the pipeline occurred at a pump station in the Atwater Village area of Los Angeles, according to Plains Pipeline LP, the unit of Plains All American Pipeline, LP

that runs the Plains West Coast pipeline.

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