Friday, August 7, 2015

Impact Analysis Of CA Pipeline Spill On Plains All American: Investor Over-Reaction

From:  Seeking Alpha


  • Protracted total long-term costs of pipeline spill are now knowable: less than $250mm.
  • When measured against EBITDA and Net Income, total impact is not large.
  • Overall loss of 2% long-term Net Income, but stock is sold off over 6% - not commensurate.


On May 19, 2015, a 24-inch diameter on-shore crude oil pipeline owned and operated by Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) (NYSE:PAGP), ruptured causing a grand total of approximately 2,000 bbl of crude oil liquids to be released along the shoreline spanning the area between the townships of Goleta and Santa Barbara, CA. This was a significant event for the region and local regulatory agencies immediately became involved. While not massive, the rupture is the largest onshore incident along the California coast in 40 years.
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Financial Impact Assessment

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation ordered the ruptured pipeline to be shutdown (the 24-inch diameter line 901), pending an intensive inspection of its structural integrity and remediation of any faults.