Oil Company to Face Felony Charges Over Massive California Spill


In this May 21, 2015, file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., two days after a ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years. (photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)
In this May 21, 2015, file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., two days after a ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25

 

Samantha Page | Think Progress | Reader Supported News | May 18, 2016

he company responsible for spilling 140,000 gallons of oil on the Pacific coastline near Santa Barbara, California, has been indicted on 46 charges, including four felony charges. One employee of Plains All American Pipeline was also indicted.

The company faces up to $2.8 million in fines plus additional costs and penalties, which would be split between the state and Santa Barbara County. The employee, 41-year-old environmental and regulatory compliance specialist James Buchanan, faces up to three years in jail.

“Crimes against our environment must be met with swift action and accountability,” California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement. “This conduct is criminal and today’s charges serve as a powerful reminder of the consequences that flow from jeopardizing the well-being of our ecosystems and public health.”

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California’s attorney general has no choice but to write crazy ‘shoot the sodomites’ initiative


 | Raw Story | March 20, 2015

A  proposed California initiative calling for “sodomites” to be “put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method,” currently sits on the desk of California’s attorney general, requiring her to title and summarize the ballot measure, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Attorney General Kamala Harris, the front runner to replace retiring Senator Barbara Boxer, has until May 4 to prepare the initiative before forwarding it to the Secretary of State allowing supporters to then go forward and collect the 365,000 signatures needed for it to be placed on the 2016 ballot.

Huntington Beach attorney Matthew McLaughlin submitted a proposal, along with a $200 filing fee, in late February, titled “The Sodomite Suppression Act,” calling for the death of “sodomites” rather than expose other citizens of the state to “be killed by God’s just wrath against us for tolerating wickedness in our midst.”

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