In response to accusations that representatives of Plains All American Pipeline — the giant oil company responsible for the Refugio Oil Spill — overstepped their bounds during the cleanup, the Santa Barbara Grand Jury found they were in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. In its four-page report, the Grand Jury dismissed allegations Plains unduly “took over” the county’s Emergency Operations Center. “The Jury learned that in this case, the County EOC was acting as a ‘landlord’ to the Unified Command that was formed in response to the oil spill,” the report stated. Meanwhile, the department’s director, Ryan Rockabrand, is leaving the county this month.
Plains Personnel Didn’t Break the Rules
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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