A pipeline spill in Venutra, California on Thursday may have released tens of thousands of barrels of oil.

According to NBC Los Angeles, crews have contained the spill and prevented oil from reaching the ocean.

The pipeline is owned by Colorado-based Crimson Pipeline LLC.

A Crimson Pipeline spokesperson told the L.A. Times that the pipeline released no more than 25,200 gallons of crude.

The company spokesperson told the paper that maintenance work was being conducted on the line Wednesday and that line was not at its full flow or pressure rate when the release occurred.

The valve that may have caused the release had been replaced on Wednesday and the line’s state and federal inspections are up-to-date, the spokesperson told the L.A. Times.

Crimson has begun deploying cleanup crews to the site.

The spill has been capped and crews are now using vacuum trucks to clean up the remaining oil, NBC Los Angeles said.

According to the company’s website, Crimson Pipeline is a privately-held company that was established in 2005.

The company owns about 1,000 miles of pipelines, located in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and Kern and northern counties in California.

The spill comes just over a year after a Plains All American operated line ruptured near Santa Barbara.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said earlier this year that preliminary findings indicate that external corrosion was the “root cause” behind the failure of Line 901.

Plains All American confirmed in May that a California state grand jury indicted both the firm and an unnamed employee on charges related to the May 2015 spill.

Plains said that the indictment included a total of 46 counts.


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