Company charged for 140,000-gallon oil spill on California coast

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Refugio Beach, oil along the coastline, May 2015. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.


A Texas oil pipeline company responsible for spilling more than 140,000 gallons of crude on the California coast last year has been indicted on dozens of criminal charges.

Plains All American Pipeline and one of its employees face 46 counts of state law violations in the May 19, 2015, spill that initially went undetected until oil began spilling onto a pristine beach on the Santa Barbara coastline and into the ocean…

Read Full Article, CBS News

Company Responsible for Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Had Numerous Safety, Maintenance Infractions: Report, The Los Angeles Times (05-21-2015)
Pains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records…

Refugio State Beach Oil Spill: Dramatic Images, Massive Cleanup Underway, ABC7 News (05-20-2015)

Plains Says California Oil Spill Could Be Larger Than Estimated, AP (08-06-2015)

Pipeline That Spilled Oil on California Coast Badly Corroded, ABC News (06-04-2015)
A pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude oil near Santa Barbara last month occurred along a badly corroded section that had worn away to a fraction of an inch in thickness…

State of Emergency Declared for Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Coast, NBC News (05-21-2015)

When You Drill, You Spill; Huffington Green (05-27-2015)
The Santa Barbara County spill, one of the largest in California history, reiterates what we already know: We can’t extract oil and transport it without putting our beaches, wildlife, and coastal communities at risk. The sad fact is, when you drill, you spill.
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