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Plains pipeline sentenced to pay $3M in oil spill

Plains All American Pipeline was sentenced by a California judge to a $3.3 million fine for negligently causing a massive coastal oil spill near Santa Barbara in 2015.

A jury last year found the company criminally liable for allowing its severely corroded coastal oil pipeline to leak more than 120,000 gallons of oil, killing hundreds of birds and marine mammals and blackening Santa Barbara-area beaches for miles.

The spill shuttered seven offshore drilling platforms served by the pipeline, Line 901. Plains has applied to build a new pipeline in the same location to bring offshore wells back online. 

Read the source article at Center for Biological Diversity

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