Texas pipeline company charged in California oil spill – The National

  • Date: 17-Dec-2021
  • Source: The National
  • Sector:Economy
  • Country:Gulf
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Texas pipeline company charged in California oil spill – The National

A Houston-based oil company and two subsidiaries were indicted on Wednesday for a crude spill that fouled southern California waters and beaches in October, an event prosecutors say was caused in part by failing to properly act when alarms repeatedly alerted workers to a pipeline rupture.

Amplify Energy Corp and its companies that operate several oil rigs and a pipeline off Long Beach were charged by a federal grand jury with a single misdemeanour count of illegally discharging oil.

Investigators believe the pipeline was weakened when a cargo ship’s anchor snagged it in high winds in January, months before it ultimately ruptured on October 1, spilling about 94,600 litres of crude oil into the ocean.