Thousands of Gallons Spilled from California Oil Pipeline

May 25, 2016

Hazardous materials crews are cleaning up as many as 21,000 gallons of oil after a pipeline rupture in Northern California.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Shell Pipeline Co. officials say a response team is clearing contaminated soil and helping local and state officials monitor local air, water and ground conditions.

Shell reported the leak after noticing that a line lost pressure Friday. The underground pipeline near Tracy was leaking crude oil into the soil but not near any waterways.

chemical_spillSan Joaquin County officials say the oil was visible in a 250-by-40-foot section on the ground.

Shell says there is no timeline for when oil flow will be turned back on.

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