A massive early morning oil spill in Los Angeles has spewed some 10,000 gallons of black gold onto the city's streets. It happened in Northern LA's West Glendale, when a 20-inch pipeline burst and spattered oil on everything within in a half-mile radius.

A fire department spokesman tells USA Today that in some areas, the oil was knee deep. Four people were injured, complaining of respiratory distress and two people were hospitalized. As for the spill itself, the pipeline was shut off and local fire departments have managed to contain the spill. A haz-mat team and an environmental cleaning service were both on hand to help with the cleanup (shown above), with USA Today reporting that most of the oil has already been dealt with, although a total cleanup may not be finished until tomorrow.

Initial reports indicated that upwards of one million gallons had been spilled when the line burst, although those were dramatically revised down to 50,000 and eventually down to 10,000. It's wholly possible that we'll see a further revision as the day goes on. Take a look below for video from the scene of the spill.


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      ferps
      • 7 Months Ago
      people sometimes forget that Los Angeles is full of oil wells (many of them are hidden).
        Phil B
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ferps
        And people have COMPLETELY forgotten how oil originally made the town -- everyone thinks of Hollywood or real estate speculation but oil was the main economic engine a hundred years ago.
      xx20unlucky06xx
      • 7 Months Ago
      THAT IS ABSOLUTELY REDICULOUS. WE'VE LET THEM SPILL OIL IN OUR OCEANS, ACROSS OUR LANDS, AND IN OUR CITIES. THEY HAVE DESTROYED LAND, STANED OUR CITY STREETS, KILLED COUNTLESS AMOUNTS OF WILDLIFE AND ALL FOR THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR. AND BOY HAVE THEY "STOLEN" BILLIONS OF THOSE FROM US WHILE IN THE PROCESS DESTRYOING BEAUTAFUL LAND AND KILLING WILDLIFE, WHILE CHARGING THE AVERAGE AMERICAN NEARLY $4.00 A GALLON. THE AVERAGE GAS TANK 12 TO 16 GALLONS. OIL ISN'T WORKING. BUT IT SURE IS MESSY. BIG OIL KEEPS KILLING OTHER ENERGY RELATED PROJECTS TOO. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
        Lance
        • 7 Months Ago
        @xx20unlucky06xx
        How about we kill wildlife for the oil in theyre fat and make fuel.
          j
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Lance
          No one remembers the whale oil lamps that were replaced by oil lamps?
          linda
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Lance
          Kill wildlife? Are you crazy? or just sick?
        EJ
        • 7 Months Ago
        @xx20unlucky06xx
        AMEN!!!
      bgr200
      • 7 Months Ago
      Oil in the water , smoke in the air , oil in the streets .......oil , oil everywhere .....but still the price keeps going up, up, up.
        xx20unlucky06xx
        • 7 Months Ago
        @bgr200
        THAT SOUNDS LIKE A NEW DOCTOR SEUSS BOOK. I'M SURPRISED NO ONE HAS WRITTEN CHILDRENS BOOKS ABOUT THESE CRAZY DISASTERS.
      Steve
      • 7 Months Ago
      These pipelines always leak or burst, and they want to actually build the Keystone pipeline? Why so when it leaks or bursts the middle of the country can be inundated with an enviornmental nightmare?
      onefinegammie
      • 7 Months Ago
      we sure seem to be having lots of accidents in this country. Fires, oil spills, train wrecks, sudden deaths of known people, and on and on. makes me wonder .....accidents or not?
      volcraze
      • 7 Months Ago
      Can we get these fellas something better than push brooms?
      vanremog
      • 7 Months Ago
      The streets needed resurfacing anyway...
      Craig
      • 7 Months Ago
      The trains vs pipeline arguments is silly. Especially since it is mostly being used here to justify the northern portion of the Keystone pipeline. The southern portion is already online and easing the bottleneck in Okla. So Keystone is already helping ship oil without promoting tar sands oil, which will most likely not be used in the US from what I understand. Plenty of pipeline are being built. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/oil-to-begin-flowing-in-southern-leg-of-keystone-pipeline/2014/01/21/ffe35abc-82bb-11e3-bbe5-6a2a3141e3a9_story.html
      Larry Litmanen
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hussain will be using this for speeches for YEARS.
      Patrick Corcoran
      • 7 Months Ago
      It's LA though, so this is a pretty huge improvement over whatever the oil is covering.
        Patrick Corcoran
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Patrick Corcoran
        Ugh, I didn't see that people were injured; should have read that first. I hope everyone is okay. And LA still sucks.
          montoym
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          LOL, so you have to physically be somewhere to say it sucks? I know lots of places that suck and it's a large reason why I don't live there.
          Johnny Trailerpark
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          You suck.
          Patrick Corcoran
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          Now that's just hurtful.
          lasertekk
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          Do you live there? No? Then shad' up u face.
          Phil B
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          LA sucks yet LA is also fricken awesome. No other place on earth inspires such a love/hate relationship in me.
      lad
      • 7 Months Ago
      Oil Spills become important when they occur in your own backyard otherwise it's Ho Hum! President O has the XL on his plate; hope he's watching and doesn't give in to oil money. We wouldn't need this black crap if we had EVs running around.
        knightrider_6
        • 7 Months Ago
        @lad
        It's pathetic how hard GOPtards are trying to get this pipeline approved. It's pathetic to see these pseudo-patriots to sell out to a Canadian company.
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
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        • 7 Months Ago
        @lad
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      Jake
      • 7 Months Ago
      Initial reports indicated that upwards of one million gallons had been spilled when the line burst, although those were dramatically revised down to 50,000 and eventually down to 10,000. In a follow on statement it is reported that pipleline did not actually leak any oil, but actually soaked up oil from the surrounding area making the world a cleaner place.
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