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Pipeline Operator in Southern California Spill Cited 125 Times Since 1980, Records Show

The operator of the pipeline at the center of one of California’s largest oil spills received 72 safety and environmental citations, some extreme enough that drilling had to be scaled back or stopped, according to regulatory records.

A database from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement shows that since 1980, Beta Operating Co. has been cited 125 times. Details are not provided in the database, only the number of violations.

At one point, the company was fined $85,000 for three incidents, two of them dating back to 2014, when a worker wasn’t wearing proper protective gear and was electrocuted with 98,000 volts of electricity. Another incident occurred when crude oil was released through a boom where a safety device was improperly bypassed.

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