Operator of leaking oil infrastructure has record of violations

The company that operates the pipeline responsible for the oil spill off the Southern California coast has been cited by federal regulators for more than 100 violations over the past 11 年份, including at least two that led to worker injuries, government and court records show.

Beta Operating Company LLC, has had 125 incidents of non-compliance documented by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, a federal agency that oversees the offshore drilling industry. Of those, bureau records show, 53 were warnings, 71 是 “component shut-inviolations, and one was afacility shut-in” 违反.
Warnings must be correctedwithin a reasonable amount of timespecified by the agency, while shut-in violationsmust be corrected before the operator is allowed to continue the activity in question,” 根据 bureau’s website.
      最近, Beta received a warning on September 29, just days before the leak, according to bureau recordsalthough no details about the warning were immediately available. The company’s facilities were inspected by the bureau on September 28 和 30.
        Beta is a subsidiary of Amplify Energy, a small public company whose shares fell steeply in the wake of the disaster. Representatives from Amplify did not respond to requests for comment from CNN on Monday. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the agency is working to gather more details about its past inspections of the facilities.
          Beta was fined a total of $ 85,000 在 2013 和 2014 for three incidents, according to bureau recordsone of which involved the release of oil. 在一个 2014 案件, an investigation by the bureau found thatcrude oil was released through the flare boom,” 一份报告说. “A safety device was bypassed for reasons other than startup, maintenance or testing and was not properly flagged or monitored.More details on the incident were not immediately available.
          Two other cases involved worker injuries. 在 2012, a piece of equipmentfell and struck an employee resulting in injuries to the head and face.” 而在 2014, “investigators discovered that an injured party received an electric shock of an estimated 98,000 volts at very low amperage,” 另一个 文档 说过, noting that the injured person wasnot wearing proper personal protective equipment.
          Some of the cases were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
          Between October 2013 and September 2014, there were at least 18 incidents that involved worker injuries at Beta facilities, according to a report from the bureau, although most were minor.
          贝塔 operates the Elly and Ellen platforms off the coast of Long Beach, which are believed to be the source of the oil leak.
          The facilities operating the pipeline were built in the late 1970s and early 1980s and are inspected every other year, Amplify CEO Martyn Willsher said at a news conference Sunday. He said company employees noticed the oil spill and notified the Coast Guard on Saturday.
            The spill has caused an estimated 126,000 gallons of crude oil to leak off the California coast, 根据当局.
            Amplify, Beta’s parent company, went through bankruptcy several years ago. Memorial Production Partners LP, a Houston-based company, filed for bankruptcy in January 2017, and the case was closed in May 2018, with the company’s name changed to Amplify Energy Corp., 根据法庭记录. In its bankruptcy petition, the company listed more than $ 2.4 billion in assets and more than $ 2 billion in debts.