Environment & Science

Ventura subpoenas 29,000-gallon oil spill records

File: An oil spill that released up to 210,000 gallons of crude oil in Ventura.
File: An oil spill that released up to 210,000 gallons of crude oil in Ventura.
Ventura County Fire Department

Ventura has subpoenaed all records relating to an oil spill in the city last month.

The Ventura County Star reports Tuesday that the city wants all maintenance, repairs and inspections records of the pipeline by July 18. It also wants information about how much oil spilled, the clean-up process and what checks were done before the pipeline was reopened.

About 29,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from an underground coastal pipeline and flowed at least a quarter-mile into a canyon near Ventura on June 23. The ooze never reached the ocean or beach.

The operator of the pipeline says it didn't detect the leak because it was undergoing maintenance work at the time. The city has ordered the pipeline where the spill originated to be shut down.