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California street 'knee-high' with 10,000 gallon oil spill


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California street 'knee-high' with 10,000 gallon oil spill

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 15, 2014

A broken oil pipeline created an approximately half-mile dangerous mess in Atwater Village, Calif. during the night. More than 10,000 gallons of oil spewed onto the streets just before midnight on May 14.

"The pipe ruptured due to a leaking valve and sent oil up to 50 feet into the air," reports CBS 2. "'The oil was 'knee-high in some areas,' according to spokesman Eric Scott."

Plains West Coast Pipeline owned the 20-inch pipe. The extensive clean-up is estimated to take 24 hours to complete. 

"Two women were transported to a local hospital in fair condition, complaining of illness from the odor," further reports CBS 2.

The public is urged to avoid the area for safety reasons during the oil removal.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.