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United States v. Amplify Energy Corp., Beta Operating Company, LLC, and San Pedro Bay Pipeline Company

United States v. Amplify Energy Corp., Beta Operating Company, LLC, and San Pedro Bay Pipeline Company

Court Docket Number: 8:21-CR-226-DOC (C.D. California)

Court Assigned: This case is assigned to the Honorable David O. Carter, Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 411 West Fourth Street, Courtroom 10A, Santa Ana, CA, 92701-4516.  Trial is scheduled to begin on November 1, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

Criminal Charge: On December 15, 2021, Amplify Energy Corp., Beta Operating Company, LLC, and San Pedro Bay Pipeline Company (collectively, “defendants”) were indicted on one count of negligent discharge of oil into the contiguous zone of the United States (33 U.S.C. §§ 1321(b)(3), 1319(c)(1)(A)), in a case arising out of the oil spill off of Huntington Beach, California on October 1 and 2, 2021.

According to the indictment, defendants own and operate the 17-mile-long San Pedro Bay Pipeline that transports oil from offshore platforms to Long Beach, California.  The indictment alleges that, on October 1 and 2, 2021, defendants illegally discharged oil into the Pacific Ocean by acting negligently in at least six different ways in response to the Pipeline’s leak alarms.  As a result of the discharge, approximately 25,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Pipeline into the San Pedro Bay. 

For more information about the charge, please see below:

Press Release

Indictment

The information on this website will be updated as new developments arise in the case.  If you have any questions or want to express your views regarding a potential resolution, please send correspondence to:   Environmental and Community Safety Crimes Section, 312 N. Spring St., 13th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Attn:  Orange County Oil Spill/Victim Input.

Updated June 24, 2022

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