US Grand Jury Accuses Amplify Energy of Negligence in Oil Spill

The Department of Justice said the indictment alleges Amplify Energy and its subsidiaries failed to properly respond to eight alarms over more than 13 hours on Oct. 1-2.

Reuters

A federal grand jury has accused Amplify Energy Corp. and two of its subsidiaries of illegally and negligently discharging oil during a pipeline break in California in October and failing to respond to alarms.

The Department of Justice said the indictment alleges that the companies, which own and operate the 17-mile (27 km) San Pedro Bay Pipeline, failed to properly respond to eight alarms over more than 13 hours on Oct. 1-2.

The indictment also accuses Amplify and its Beta Operating Co. LLC and San Pedro Bay Pipeline Co. subsidiaries of shutting and restarting the pipeline five times after the first five alarms were triggered, sending oil flowing through the damaged pipeline for more than three hours.

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