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Oil Pipeline Company Fined For Accident Which Caused Big Spill On South Coast

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A pipeline company has been ordered by a judge to pay more than $3.3 million dollars in fines and penalty assessments stemming from a 2015 oil spill on the Santa Barbara County coastline.

Last fall, a jury found Plains All-American Pipeline guilty of nine charges stemming from a pipeline rupture which led to a more than 140,000 gallon oil spill at Refugio State Beach.

In the court’s findings, a judge said that Plains knew or should have known its system was at risk of rupturing. The court still has to rule on restitution for victims of the spill.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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