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t was one of the worst environmental accidents on the Central and South Coasts in decades.  The May, 2015 rupture of an oil pipeline on Santa Barbara County’s Gaviota coastline caused a more than 140,000 gallon oil spill.

As a result of the accident, the continuing shutdown of two pipelines has blocked the shipment of oil from the Central and South Coasts to refineries in Kern County.

Now, Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline announced rather than repair damaged and worn section of Pipelines 901 and 903, it’s developed a plan to completely replace them.

The pipeline company which owns the pipe which ruptured in Santa Barbara County last year, causing a more than 140,000 gallon oil spill is facing yet more steps before it can reopen the line.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration is adding more rules for Plains All-American Pipeline to follow before it can reopen its Line 901 at Refugio State Beach, as well as sister pipeline Line 903.

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of Santa Barbara County’s massive Refugio State Beach oil pipeline accident.

On the one year anniversary of the massive Santa Barbara County oil spill, a federal agency has released its final report on its investigation of the causes of the accident.

A pipeline owned by Plains All-American Pipeline ruptured at Refugio State Beach, spilling more than 140,000 gallons of oil and prompting a months long offshore and onshore cleanup effort. The more than 500 page report by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the factors include corrosion of the pipeline, failure to find, and fix the problem, and a lack of timely detection.

This week marks the anniversary of a Santa Barbara County disaster many people would rather forget, especially officials with a Texas oil pipeline company. 

Thursday is the one year anniversary of the massive pipeline rupture on the Gaviota coastline at Refugio State Beach, which resulted in a more than 140,000 gallon oil spill.

A Santa Barbara County Grand Jury has indicted an oil pipeline company, and one of its employees on criminal charges for the May, 2015 Refugio State Beach oil pipeline rupture, and spill.

Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney and State Attorney General Kamala Harris are holding a joint news conference in Santa Barbara later this morning to announce criminal indictments in connection with last year’s Refugio State Beach Oil Spill.

The authorities haven’t yet released details about the indictments.

An oil company which has been forced to shut down an oil platform off the Santa Barbara County coastline as a result of last year’s massive oil pipeline break, and spill at Refugio State Beach has now filed suit over it.

Venoco is seeking $12 million dollars in damages from Plains All American Pipeline. The suit says as a result of the pipeline break, and the shutdown of another pipeline the oil company has suffered more than $12 million dollars in damages.