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Tesoro Gets Safety Order from PHSMA

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has taken the next steps in its investigation of the Tesoro oil spill in Tioga.

The PHMSA issued a safety order to the oil company on Thursday. In that order, it released the preliminary findings in its investigation. Right now, it's believed a lightning strike could be to blame for the spill. The leak began on September 29 and spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil into nearby fields. It went unreported for eleven days after it started.

The safety order also says Tesoro can't reopen that portion of the High Plains Pipeline System until it takes corrective action to prevent future incidents. Those changes include added oversight, testing and documentation of the pipeline.

You can read the full safety order from the PHMSA to Tesoro at phsma.dot.gov.

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