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Plains All American Pipeline Indicted for 2015 Oil Spill

Spill Dumped Over 100,000 Gallons of Crude Off the Santa Barbara Coast

LOS ANGELES - Today, a California grand jury indicted Plains All American Pipeline for its spill off the Santa Barbara coast in 2015 that dumped over 100,000 gallons of crude.

Occurring on May 19, 2015, the pipeline spilled onto Refugio State Beach and cause a massive oil slick that spread for miles, with tar balls washing ashore more than 100 miles away, and was cited for causing more than 100 marine mammals deaths.

According to reports, the grand jury announced 46 total counts against Plains, including 10 for the oil spill and 36 related to wildlife injured or killed as a result of its spill.

In response, Director of Sierra Club California Kathryn Phillips released the following statement:

“Plains All American’s record has finally caught up with it. I’m relieved to see the company being charged for its irresponsible actions.

“Sadly, no punishment can undo the harm done to wildlife, the Pacific Ocean, or our beaches and coastal communities. The only safe and appropriate action to take is to end our dependence on dirty, outdated fuels and transition to clean, renewable energy.”


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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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