Clumps of oil soon after the pipeline spill at Refugio State Beach. (Nick Schooler, All rights reserved.)

Refugio State Beach Oil Spill Near Santa Barbara, California

On May 19, 2015, NOAA was notified of a 24-inch pipeline rupture that occurred earlier in the day near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California. Of the approximately 100,000 gallons of crude oil released, a reported 21,000 gallons flowed into the Pacific Ocean. NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration has been providing overflight observation of the spill, information on fate and effects of the crude oil, potential environmental impacts both in the water and on the shore, and observational and data management support for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment. The spill closed down multiple beaches and fisheries and caused harm to birds, marine mammals, fish, and marine invertebrates. NOAA and our state and federal partners are investigating these impacts.

NOAA Continues to Support Response to Pipeline Break Spill near Santa Barbara, California

Get the latest updates on NOAA's involvement with the pipeline oil spill near Santa Barbara, California, as well as details on the cleanup and impacts to wildlife.

NOAA Update on the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Get the latest updates on NOAA's involvement with the oil spill resulting from a pipeline break at Refugio State Beach, near Santa Barbara, California.

You can also find out how to volunteer or conduct research related to the spill.

From Natural Seeps to a Historic Legacy, What Sets Apart the Latest Santa Barbara Oil Spill

A look back at the oil pipeline spill near Refugio State Beach shows that, while not a huge spill in terms of volume, the location and timing of the event make it stand out in several ways.

On the Front Lines of an Oil Spill in My Own Backyard: A Report from Santa Barbara, California

When NOAA's Gabrielle Dorr first heard about the recent oil spill near Santa Barbara, she couldn't stop thinking about the long-term impacts to the beautiful beaches of southern California, where she lives and works.

Hear from Dorr about what it is like to respond to an oil spill so close to home.

NOAA Joins Response to Pipeline Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach Near Santa Barbara, California

On May 19, 2015, NOAA was notified of a 24-inch pipeline rupture near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California.

We are at the scene of the oil spill and working to provide NOAA's scientific expertise to the spill response efforts.