The Environmental Law Group represented the City of Santa Barbara, California in its claims arising from the May 2015 oil spill caused by a ruptured oil pipeline that extends 10.6 miles along the California coastline. The spill allowed 143,000 gallons of crude oil to flow onto the coast at Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean.

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, was indicted on 46 criminal counts, including four felony charges of knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters. Prosecutors also accused the company of delay in identifying the leak and notifying authorities.

ELG represented the City of Santa Barbara in a claim against Plains All American under the Oil Pollution Act, which provides for recovery of any damages caused by an oil spill. ELG was able to negotiate a pre-suit settlement of $2.5 million dollars for the City.

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If you have suffered loss from an oil spill or release, you may be able to take legal action in an effort to obtain compensation for your damages. Please contact the national law firm of Baron & Budd by calling 866-364-6376. We will carefully listen to the details of your case and let you know how we may be able to help.