KCBS_740 SANTA BARBARA (KCBS/AP) — Plains All American Pipeline says a California grand jury has indicted the company and one of its employees in connection with a pipeline break that spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil along the Santa Barbara County coast and into the ocean.

Plains says in a statement that the indictment contains 46 charges of state law violations.

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The company says the spill was an accident and believes no criminal behavior occurred.

The May 19, 2015, rupture fouled Refugio State Beach, and a slick spread across miles of ocean.

Tar balls were found more than 100 miles away on Los Angeles County beaches.

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“The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury indicted corporate defendant Plains All American Pipeline of Houston, Texas on 46 charges; four felony charges,” Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced.

The felonies include knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters.

Attorney General Kamala Harris called the charges a first step.

“This case should serve as a stark reminder that any company that is operating in our state, and transporting crude oil, and doing it in a way that is irresponsible, and in violation of the law will be held accountable,” Harris said.

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The spill closed coastal campgrounds and beaches and has been blamed for the deaths of more than 100 marine mammals, mostly sea lions, and nearly 200 birds.