Neither the fire department nor media reports said which company operates the pipeline.
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However, an online U.S. Department of Energy map showed that the main oil pipeline running through Atwater Village was the Plains West Coast Pipeline run by Plains Pipeline, a unit of Plains All American. A company spokesman did not immediately return a call outside normal business hours to check if this was the pipeline from which the crude spilled.
L.A. Battalion Chief David Spence told local television that the line ran from California's main oil-producing region near Bakersfield to a storage facility in Long Beach, near a cluster of refineries including those run by Phillips 66, Valero and Tesoro. It was unclear which, if any, of the plants would be affected by the disruption.
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An oil pipeline of 20-inch diameter is medium-sized by industry standards and would generally transport about 200,000 barrels per day based on average rates. There was no immediate information about the specific capacity or throughput of the line.
—By The Associated Press