Plains All American Pipeline Co. indicted over last year’s Calif. oil spill

Plains All American Pipeline Co. indicted over last year’s Calif. oil spill
Plains All American Pipeline Co. has been indicted by a California grand jury in connect with last year’s pipeline rupture that spilled out thousands of gallons of crude oil, polluting miles of coastline near Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley told reporters that the grand jury indicted the pipeline company as well as one of its employees on a total of 46 criminal counts, including four felony charges. One of the four felonies is the charge of intentionally releasing a pollutant into state waters. Of the total 46 counts, ten were related to the spill or reporting of the spill, while the remaining three dozen involved harm to wildlife. The spill had killed at least 9 dolphins, 36 sea lions and 87 birds in the area died in addition to sickening dozens of other animals. The employee who was charged was identified as 41-year-old James Buchanan, an environmental & regulatory compliance specialist with the company. However, Buchanan wasn’t named in any of the four felony charges. Dudley said that Buchanan could face a maximum of 3 years in a county jail. Dudley added that Plains All American Pipeline will likely be slapped with a fine of more than $1 million, adding that the Houston-based company didn’t cooperate with the investigators.
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