Regulators say pipeline operator had poor records Months after oil spill blackened beaches,

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Federal regulators say the pipeline company responsible for a Central California oil spill kept shoddy records on emergency training and how it would protect pristine coastline in the event of an accident.

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Friday issued six proposed violations from inspections conducted in 2013 — about 20 months before the May pipeline rupture near Santa Barbara.

The agency says Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline also failed to properly document pressure tests on tanks.

The agency did not propose a fine.

One of the lines in the 2013 inspections ruptured in May, spilling at least 100,000 gallons of crude and fouling beaches.

They agency says it could not connect the inspection findings from that time with the May 19 pipeline break.