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Texas pipeline firm facing charges in California oil spill

Texas pipeline firm facing charges in California oil spill

A Texas oil pipeline company responsible for spilling more than 140,000 gallons of crude on the California coast last year has been indicted on dozens of criminal charges, the company said Tuesday.

Plains All American Pipeline and one of its employees face 46 counts of state law violations in the May 19, 2015, spill that initially went undetected until oil began spilling onto a pristine beach on the Santa Barbara coastline and into the ocean.

Initial investigations found the 2-foot-wide underground pipeline was severely corroded where it ruptured on land. Plains said in a statement that the spill was an accident and believes no criminal behavior occurred.

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