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The O.C. Gas Plant’s Oil Pipeline Leaks

The O.C. Gas Plant’s Oil Pipeline Leaks

Company responsible for O.C. oil spill gets permission to repair pipeline

In spite of growing criticism and scrutiny of last week’s explosion in the O.C. area, a key figure in the case is back on board with the city.

In a recent interview with the Orange County Register, Jim Dunigan, chief safety officer for Sempra Energy, the company that operates the pipeline, said that his company has been working with officials and the Department of Water and Power to repair the leak.

“The company is working diligently to resolve this and we’ll do whatever we need to,” Dunigan said.

The pipeline has been leaking from a weld in a section that carries ethane, which is mainly used for the making of plastics.

The city of Orange said it will not let the company use the pipeline without first providing assurances that it will be repaired in a timely and safe manner.

“If they say that they’re going to fix it, then we’ll be able to get along,” said Tom Lewis, the city’s chief operating officer.

Mayor Jerry Demings also said he will work with the company to ensure the pipeline is repaired.

“I don’t think it’s too much to ask,” Demings said.

The pipeline that was blown up Wednesday had been spewing oil into the O.C. River since Jan. 27. That morning, officials announced that the pipeline’s section was leaking at a rate of about 1,000 barrels per day and could potentially lead to the release of up to 1 million barrels of oil.

The leak began in the middle of the pipeline’s system when a large piece of equipment being used to drill through the pipeline at the O.C. Gas Plant blew up. The gas plant was shut down immediately, but the oil pipeline continued to leak.

The oil pipeline is just three miles from the ocean.

As a result of the explosion, the city of Orange said it would suspend its $1.2 million investment in a $22.4 million oil storage facility located at the O.C. Gas Plant and an additional $400,000 earmarked for a new water treatment facility.

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