Jackson Commends Action Being Taken Against Plains All American Pipeline

May 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced that Plains All American Pipeline has been indicted on criminal charges related to the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara County. In response, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement:

“A year ago this week, a severely corroded onshore pipeline ruptured, spilling more than a 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto land and into the ocean off Refugio State Beach. We will never forget what we experienced in the days following that spill: a half-mile slick of crude oil along our coast, the stench of petroleum, oil-drenched birds, holiday visitors sent home, and a beach transformed into a toxic clean-up site.

I commend Attorney General Kamala Harris and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley for pursuing a thorough 10-month investigation and determining that criminal charges are warranted against the Texas company that operated the ruptured pipeline, Plains All American Pipeline.

It is clear that the Refugio Oil Spill caused devastating damage to our environment, our marine life and our economy and apologies, however carefully crafted, are not enough. We need to ensure that anyone who violated the law is held accountable, not only so that justice is served, but also because it will send a strong message to the oil industry that California will not tolerate irresponsible and criminal behavior that harms its coast, its communities, its economy and its environment.”