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Pacific Pipeline returning to court

Company charged with lake oil spill

Posted: August 13, 2008 9:16 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Three and a half years after the Pyramid Lake oil spill, the company charged in connection with that spill has yet to go to trial.

On Wednesday, lawyers representing The Pacific Pipeline System LLC were told to return to court Sept. 16 for a pre-trial hearing. The company that operates a pipeline at Pyramid Lake was charged Mar. 17, 2006, with water pollution resulting from an oil spill a year ago, the District Attorney's office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Daniel Wright of the Environmental Law Section of the Consumer Protection Division filed a four-count complaint in Santa Clarita Court in Valencia more than three years ago against Pacific Pipeline System LLC.

According to prosecutors, the oil spill occurred on Mar. 23, 2005, after a break in the pipeline that was not discovered until noticed by workers with the California Department of Transportation. About 142,000 gallons of oil spilled into the lake.

The case investigated by the California Fish and Game Department was turned over to the District Attorney's office.


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