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The oil was released by Line 901, the Las Flores to Gaviota pipeline.

Line 901 is a 24” buried pipeline. It has a capacity of transporting approximately 150,000 barrels (6,300,000 gallons) of crude on average per day. The line typically operates at approximately 1,200 barrels/hour (50,400 gallons/hour).

Line 901 was constructed in 1987 by All American Pipeline.

Aerial surveys of the pipeline right-of-way are conducted weekly. A major internal inspection of the pipe using an internal tool was performed in 2012 and again a few weeks ago, but the results of that inspection are not yet available.

Industry standards for these comprehensive internal inspections typically occur on five-year schedules.