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Third Anniversary of Refugio Beach Oil Spill in California

MAY 18, 2018 — Saturday, May 19, 2018 marks the third anniversary of the Refugio Beach Oil Spill in California. On May 19, 2015, a pipeline owned and operated by Plains All America Pipeline, Inc. ruptured near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California, sending oil into the ocean.

Oil on a beach, at the edge of the surf.
Oil washes onto the beach on the day of the spill at Refugio State Beach, May 19, 2015. Image credit: NOAA.

In response, state and federal natural resource trustee agencies are conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), which is independent of a criminal trial now underway as a result of the same oil spill. NRDA injury assessment activities are nearing completion and initial environmental restoration ideas are being considered. Initial injury assessment results and a list of restoration ideas are shared in a newsletter, “Refugio Beach Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Update.” Once the assessment is complete, the Trustees will prepare a Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan for public comment.

See article from the time of the spill: NOAA Joins Response to Pipeline Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach Near Santa Barbara, California

For further information, contact Laurie.Sullivan@noaa.gov.

Return to OR&R Weekly Report.