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    Plains Pipeline was issued warning prior to Kingfisher spill

    According to a report from KFOR TV, Plains All American Pipeline spilled more 18,000 gallons of crude oil in Kingfisher County last week.  The causes of the leak have been attributed to corrosion.

    In December 2014, Plains All American received a warning letter from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) citing failure to protect materials from atmospheric corrosion.  Norman Leaks obtained a copy of the 2014 warning letter which makes reference to corrosion risks and coating degradation at five of the Buffalo pipeline system’s Mainline Valve stations (MLV).


    excerpt from a 2014 warning letter from PHMSA to Plains All American Pipeline LP


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    A photo taken by Norman Leaks in late 2016 appears to show a similar failure to provide protective coating to above-ground Mainline Valve facilities for the Red River II pipeline located in Cleveland County.

    In May 2015, Plains Pipeline received a civil penalty of $102,900 for failing to provide mandated cathodic protection and corrosion control at their tanks and terminals in Cushing, Oklahoma.

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