PLAINS ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE FOUND GUILTY OF 2015 SANTA BARBARA OIL SPILL | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


PLAINS ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE FOUND GUILTY OF 2015 SANTA BARBARA OIL SPILL

A California jury found on Friday Plains All American Pipeline guilty on criminal charges over the 2015 oil spill near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County that saw more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil spilled and birds, fish, marine mammals, and other wildlife killed.

In May 2015, the Line 901 pipeline owned and operated by Plains All America Pipeline ruptured near Refugio State Beach, spilling more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil, much of which ran down a storm drain and into a ravine under the freeway, entering the Pacific Ocean.

After deliberating for six days, the jury returned on Friday guilty verdicts on nine counts, including a felony charge that the company knowingly engaged in, or caused, oil to spill in the Pacific Ocean. The other guilty verdicts were on misdemeanor counts, including one count of failing to make a timely call to emergency response agencies following the oil spill; six counts of killing marine mammals, protected sea birds, and other marine life; and one count of violating a county ordinance prohibiting oil spills.

Plains All American Pipeline faces monetary fines, but no jail time for any company representative.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only way these spills will stop, is for the executives who signed off on cheap, and sometimes, antiquated, oil leak prevention systems, is that they wind up spending time in jail, and I do NOT mean, in a Club Fed.

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