Shell’s broken pipeline in Northern California repaired

Shell’s broken pipeline in Northern California repaired

The Shell Oil Co. pipeline that broke days ago and spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil underground in a remote, undeveloped rural area in Northern California has finally been repaired.

A Shell spokesperson said on Tuesday that the company crews repaired the pipeline and were running small amounts of oil through it to test it. The work to clean up the spill in the countryside near Tracy was also underway.

The broken pipeline spilled nearly 21,000 gallons of crude in remote countryside near Tracy, which is around an hour east of San Francisco. Oil was visible over around a 250-foot-by-40-foot patch of land, but none of it luckily spilled into waterways.

Shell spokesperson Ray Fisher said the company notified local as well as agencies about the broken pipeline within two hours, and stressed that the fact that it had already been repaired speaks to the expedience with which the company handled the break.

Environmentalists and wildlife advocates have demanded an investigation into the oil spill. Patrick Sullivan, a spokesperson for the Center for Biological Diversity, argued that a spill involving thousands of gallons of crude should not shrugged off like it did not happen.

Last year, a broken pipeline in the Santa Barbara area spilled more than 120,000 gallons of oil onto scenic coastline, causing significant marine habitat and wildlife damage.