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California: Firm Agrees to Pay for 2015 Oil Spill

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — The company that owns a pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of crude oil onto Southern California beaches in 2015 has agreed to pay $230 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by fishermen and coastal landowners, documents show. judicial.

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline agreed to pay $184 million to fishermen and fish processors as well as $46 million to coastal property owners in the settlement reached Friday, according to the documents.

The company did not accept its responsibility in the settlement, reached after seven years of legal wrangling. The deal will be subject to a public comment period and requires approval by a federal court. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for June 10.

“This settlement should serve as a reminder that pollution cannot simply be a cost of doing business and that corporations will be held accountable for the environmental damage they cause,” said Matthew Preusch, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Plains All American Pipeline officials have not immediately returned a message from The Associated Press seeking comment on the case.

On May 19, 2015, an oil leak occurred in a corroded pipeline north of Refugio State Beach, in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles. The oil spread along the coasts of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

This spill was the worst since 1969 off the coast of California, where it contaminated miles of popular beaches, harmed tourism and fishing, and killed or littered hundreds of seabirds, seals and other wildlife.

According to a federal investigation, 123,000 gallons (465,605 liters) of crude were spilled, but other fluid mechanics experts estimate it was 630,000 gallons (2.38 million liters).

A group of federal inspectors found that Plains made several preventable errors, failing to detect the pipeline rupture quickly and reacting too slowly as crude flowed into the ocean.

Inspectors determined that Plains operators working in a control room in Texas, more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away, turned off an alarm that would have warned of the leak, and not knowing what was happening, reactivated the affected pipe that had stopped working, which aggravated the situation.

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