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Judge denies motions to set aside charges in Refugio oil spill case

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A judge in Santa Barbara has denied Plains All American Pipeline's motions to set aside the criminal indictment resulting from the 2015 Refugio oil spill.

The company still faces 46 criminal charges. The latest ruling marks the second legal loss for the defense in the past few weeks. Late last month, the judge denied a motion to change venue, meaning the case will remain in Santa Barbara County.

One of Plains All American's top employees, Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Specialist James Buchanan, did have one misdemeanor count dismissed Tuesday but still faces two others.

According to District Attorney Joyce Dudley, the case is now set for readiness and settlement conference on March 2.

Related coverage:

Plains All American Pipeline facing criminal charges in connection to oil spill

How the indictment process for Plains All American works

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