Target: John Grier, President of Crimson Pipeline
Goal: Increase independent oil pipeline safety inspections after 29,400 gallon spill.
A recent oil spill in Ventura County, CA, released 29,400 gallons of crude oil into the surrounding environment. The company who owns the pipeline, Crimson Pipeline, has had pipes rupture or malfunction each year for the past 10 years. The company only conducts independent inspections of its pipelines once every five years. Protect the environment by urging this company to step up its independent inspections.
Oil spills cause serious long- and short-term environmental destruction. If the Ventura oil spill had entered the ocean, it would have been a disaster for the birds and marine life. Oil damages birds’ insulation, which makes them susceptible to hypothermia. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill eradicated a minimum of 250,000 seabirds. The same 1989 spill was also responsible for the deaths of 24 orcas, hundreds of harbor seals, and thousands of sea otters. Even on shore, oil spills can destroy habitats and contaminate drinking water.
Crimson Pipeline ships 200,000 gallons of crude oil through California every day. The company says it values integrity, connectivity, and reliability in spite of having a pipe malfunction every year. Call on Crimson Pipeline to live up to its company values and add more independent inspections.
Dear Mr. Grier,
Crimson Pipeline must increase its independent inspections. A pipeline owned by your company recently spilled 29,400 gallons of crude area in Ventura County, CA. This is not a new development. Every year for the past 10 years your company’s pipelines have malfunctioned. Raise your independent inspections to one every year and show the communities where you operate that you truly care about their welfare.
Legally, companies can be held accountable for the damage they do to the environment through oil spills. Plains All American Pipeline, which released 143,000 gallons of crude oil, was indicted on four felony counts and will be forced to pay a $3 billion fine.
Oil spills can devastate the environments in which they occur, destroying habitats and killing wildlife. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill eliminated at least 250,000 sea birds. Oil destroys birds’ insulation, which opens them up to hypothermia.
You claim that your company has integrity, connectivity, and reliability. I do not believe that any pipeline company with your record of breakages can be called reliable. You currently have a malfunction a year. Why not have an independent inspection a year instead?
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