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Plains All American Indicted Over 2015 California Oil Spill

NPR via KPLU, May 18, 2016

Plains All American Pipeline Co. has been indicted by a California grand jury for its role in the 2015 oil spill that leaked 140,000 barrels of crude into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara. The leak ended up killing over 300 animals and tar balls were found floating over 100 miles away. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safey Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency investigating the incident, announced this February that they had determined the leak was caused by external pipeline corrosion. 

Plains All American and one of its employees, environmental and regulatory compliance specialist James Buchanan, are facing 46 criminal charges, according to Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley. California Attorney General Kamala Harris adds that "this case should serve as a stark reminder that any company that is operating in our state and transporting crude oil and doing it in a way that is irresponsible and in violation of the law will be held accountable.

 

Click here to read the full article from NPR via KPLU.


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