California line beats odds, begins moving viscous crude oil

Years of environmental review, political battles, and difficult construction culminated in 1999 with completion and start-up of the Pacific Pipeline System in southern California.The pipeline was designed by Rooney Engineering Inc., Englewood, Colo., which also coordinated permitting and provided construction management. It is owned and operated by Pacific Pipeline System LLC, Long Beach, Calif., a joint venture of a subsidiary Anschutz Co., Denver, and ARCO Pipe Line Co., Houston. Click here to enlarge imageThe 20-in. insulated line is transporting Outer Continental Shelf and San Joaquin Valley crude from Emidio, approximately 30 miles south of Bakersfield, to refineries near Los Angele...

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