LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Texas company that owns an oil pipeline that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude along the California coast faces a criminal trial three years after the disaster.
Jury selection began Thursday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in the case against Plains All American Pipeline.READ MORE: Vigil Set for Saturday in Santa Rosa to Bring Attention to Search for Missing Mom
The company faces a 15-count indictment that includes three felonies for releasing more than 140,000 gallons of oil on May 19, 2015.
The charges say the company violated the Clean Waters Act because some of the oil flowed into the Pacific Ocean at Refugio State Beach.READ MORE: Warriors, Chase Center to Require Fans Show Proof of COVID Booster Shots
The company has said the spill was an accident not a crime.
Charges were dropped against a Plains employee and two-thirds of the original charges have been dismissed.
The trial could last months.MORE NEWS: Pacers Stun Curry, Warriors 121-117 in Overtime
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