Plains All American Pipeline Rupture
On May 19, 2015, a pipeline owned and operated by Plains All-American Pipeline, L.P. ruptured near Refugio State Beach, north of the Santa Barbara area. Known as Line 901, the pipeline runs from an above ground storage tank in Las Flores to Gaviota. From there, the crude oil is distributed to refineries throughout Southern California. The pipeline, which was not equipped with an automatic shutoff mechanism, spewed over 100,000 gallons of oil into a culvert, some portion of which then made its way to the Pacific Ocean.
To-date, approximately 90 birds and 55 mammals (including dolphins) have been found dead. As the Responsible Party under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90), Plains All-American is strictly liable for any damage caused by the spill to both the environment and the local economy. Losses on both fronts will be enormous.
Our law firm has extensive experience in representing business entities, both closely-held and publicly-traded, that experience economic loss due to environmental catastrophes. In fact, this is the only practice we engage in. Most recently we were been retained by hundreds of Gulf of Mexico area businesses after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster. We currently represent these companies with claims pending against BP in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Our team consists of legal professionals, claims analysts, economists and certified public accountants, who combined have thousands of hours of experience evaluating economic losses associated with oil spills. OPA90 requires claimants to submit a sum certain when filing claims pursuant to the law. As such, it is important to have a team of legal and financial professionals well versed in calculating such damages on your side.
If your company is experiencing economic hardship as a result of the Refugio oil spill, contact us today for a no obligation consultation.