Los Angeles city prosecutors have filed criminal charges against an oil company for a 245-gallon crude oil and water spill last December.
The city attorney's office said Friday that Brea Canon Oil Co. violated state regulations and unlawfully discharged crude oil and contaminated water into a flood channel.
Prosecutors said an underground pipeline began to leak beneath a parking lot and moved through two storm drains before reaching the flood channel, which is home to several species of birds. The spill had minimal damage to the environment.
The company has a history of pipeline spill violations dating back to 2005.
An afterhours phone message left for Brea Canon Oil was not immediately returned.