‘Knee Deep’: 50,000 gallons of oil spills on LA streets

FILE PHOTO.(Reuters / Athit Perawongmetha)RT News

A ruptured oil pipe near the city of Glendale, Los Angeles County, has caused a massive leak as 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled onto streets, which is knee high in some places, the Los Angeles Fire Department reports.

The leak from a 20-inch pipe was first reported at around 12:15 am local time. The oil line was remotely shut off, the Los Angles Fire Department (LAFD) said in a press release. The oil spill has covered approximately a half-mile area, and is knee deep in some spots. The leak, which was sprung near 5175 W. San Fernando Rd., has spill has affected some commercial businesses.   

“Oil is knee-high in some areas,” the fire department said in a statement. “A handful of commercial businesses are affected.”

Gushes of oil was seen spurting straight up into the air, cascading down on a nearby business – The Gentlemen’s Club. The Gentleman’s Club was evacuated, the LAFD says. Vehicles within the immediate vicinity of the club have also been impacted.

The oil line has been remotely shut off and no injuries have been reported, Local NBC 4 reports.

The incident shut down a section of the Atwater Village area of the city, and The Department of Transportation is assisting with traffic.

The Fire Department did not say which company operates the pipeline.

California saw its worst oil spill in 1969, when an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude spilled into the Santa Barbara Channel, off the coast of the city of Santa Barbara. It remains the third largest oil spill in the US and the biggest to have occurred in the waters off California.


9 thoughts on “‘Knee Deep’: 50,000 gallons of oil spills on LA streets

  1. No lets see if we can look into the future …
    Hummmm this oil mysteriously catches fire too.

    1. Yep #1 and that will all that will be seen or heard of that oil till the fish kill off or something like that

      1. You mean the fish that aren’t already dying from the Fukushima radiation, digger? Those (if there are any) fish?

  2. Wow! Let’s see…California is suffering from radioactive fish, bridges collapsing, nuclear power plants having problems. Then a drought. Then forest fires and now oil spills that will most likely be swept into the sewers and into the ocean that’s already contaminated with radioactive fish.

    Gee….almost seems like a series of triggered crisis’ in a Hollywood movie or a season of “24”.

      1. I take that back. It’s not the plot of a season of “24”. It’s the plot of a Hollywood Natural Disaster film. lol

  3. “The Fire Department did not say which company operates the pipeline.”

    Well now, we don’t want the oil companies to get in trouble. After all, they are untouchable and like the banks, “Too big to fail”, right? But if I spilled oil, I’d be fined in the blink of an eye.

    Well, at least it wasn’t a train derailment. Kinda makes you wonder if this had anything to do with that. Keystone Pipeline XL anyone? Has the epidemic found it’s way to California?

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