Trial Confirmed Against Plains All American Pipeline for 2015 Oil Spill

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Source: Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Trial Confirmed for People v. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. on Criminal Charges Resulting from the Refugio Oil Spill on May 2015.

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the Jury Trial of People v. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. will begin on February 5, 2018, in Department 1 of the Santa Barbara Superior Court.  The People today dismissed the charge against Plains’ employee, James Colby Buchanan, for failing to follow a material provision of Plains’ Spill Response Plan.  That charge remains one of the crimes alleged against Plains.  The People will file an amended Indictment before the start of trial to set forth charged crimes that will be presented against Plains. Additionally, Mr. Buchanan was served by the District Attorney’s office with a Subpoena for Appearance as a witness.

The case stems from the events that occurred around May 19, 2015, when a 24-inch subterranean oil pipeline, commonly referred to as Line 901, ruptured.  The rupture allegedly caused the release of raw crude oil from the pipeline, which then surged down a culvert under the U.S. Highway 101 and into the Pacific Ocean off the Goleta coastline near Refugio State Beach.

A copy of the Second Amended Indictment, once it has been filed against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., can be obtained at the Records Department of the Santa Barbara Superior Court, Criminal Division.

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SBPaul Jan 18, 2018 01:43 PM
Trial Confirmed Against Plains All American Pipeline for 2015 Oil Spill

Yes but It think in this case no single person is going to be able to serve time or take the blame. This is a criminal case that will likely have financial consequences. I hope we get our bike lane back between el cap and Gaviota. It was passable and really nice to be able to take off the freeway until heavy equipment and erosion took place. It may not be due to them but there are plenty of impacts that they had on our local resources that should be monetized somehow.

macpuzl Jan 17, 2018 08:59 PM
Trial Confirmed Against Plains All American Pipeline for 2015 Oil Spill

Petroleum as a fuel for internal combustion engines is the technology of the past, and does a lot of harm. We've subsidized it for far too long. Time to save it for other valuable products, needed in much less volume, and transition to a smarter future. The oilies still have a lot of cash to throw around buying propaganda, but the writing is on the wall.

Flicka Jan 17, 2018 08:19 PM
Trial Confirmed Against Plains All American Pipeline for 2015 Oil Spill

So, people buy "products" produced with oil? Doesn't mean it's "their" product. They sued us so as not to follow our safety regulations; they deserve to have their goose cooked. British Petroleum pulled the same stunt, telling Congress (paid 16 mil to lobbyists) how safe they were and didn't need any more safety rules. That sure turned out well, especially for the 11 workers killed! I suppose they shouldn't have gotten their goose cooked either since we "use their product".

SBPaul Jan 17, 2018 05:18 PM
Trial Confirmed Against Plains All American Pipeline for 2015 Oil Spill

Ok, let my put my hippie hat on: I was there the day after it was a joke and the people responsible should pay dearly. Their stock is starting to recover and I really want to see that change. You should not be able to have the name American in your name when you behave the way you did.

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