Santa Barbara Oil Spill Threatens Small Businesses

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Threatens Small Businesses

by May 21, 2015
Santa Barbara Oil Spill Threatens Small Businesses

On July 7, 2015, Audet & Partners, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, on behalf of businesses harmed as a result of the recent Santa Barbara oil spill.

The pipeline rupture and oil spill in Santa Barbara County has posed significant threats to the environment, wildlife, and small businesses.  The company which owns the ruptured pipeline is Plains All American Pipeline, LP, which has been cited for at least 175 safety and maintenance violations since 2006.

The Santa Barbara oil spill has presented a threat of significant economic loss to businesses along the Gaviota Coast related to area tourism as well as many types of fishing and shellfish harvesting.  A 2009 report by the California Department of Fish and Game found that annual ex-vessel revenues for fishing vessels in Santa Barbara County totaled approximately $6.5 million.

If you have a business that has been harmed by the Santa Barbara oil spill, you are urged to complete and submit the form below for a free case evaluation to determine whether you may have a claim in a class action lawsuit against the pipeline owner.

Audet & Partners, LLP: Experienced Oil Spill Litigation Attorneys

In 2008, an oil spill by the Cosco Busan of approximately 58,000 gallons of fuel into the San Francisco Bay created similar concerns.  In that case, Audet & Partners, LLP assumed a lead role in initiating swift action to protect the interests of commercial crabbing and fishing businesses in the San Francisco Bay.

The Santa Barbara pipeline rupture is reported to have released up to 105,000 gallons of crude oil into Santa Barbara County, an estimated 21,000 gallons of which is estimated to have entered the water.

If you have a business in Santa Barbara County that you fear could be adversely affected by the Santa Barbara oil spill, you are urged to contact Audet & Partners, LLP for a free, confidential case evaluation.  You can contact us either by calling (800) 965-1461, or by completing and submitting our online form below.


 

Join the Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit


Please complete the form below to request a free analysis to determine if you may have a legal claim for economic loss to you business resulting from the Santa Barbara oil spill.

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