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Santa Barbara fisherman files suit against oil pipeline company

Santa Barbara fisherman files suit against oil pipeline company

A Santa Barbara fisherman is suing the Texas owners of the oil pipeline that ruptured last month, spilling up to 105,000 gallons of crude along the coast near Refugio State Beach, for economic damages. Lawyers for Stace Cheverez said in a complaint filed Monday in federal court in Los Angeles that the oil spill has damaged the livelihood of fishermen and other businesses along the Santa Barbara County coast. A commercial fisherman since 1989, Cheverez owns and maintains two boats he uses to catch fish near shore, according to the complaint. The spill has prevented him from catching grass rockfish that usually return this time of...

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