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Virtual Public Meeting Held for Refugio Beach Oil Spill Draft Assessment and Restoration Plan

MAY 18, 2020 — The Refugio NRDA case team held a virtual public meeting on May 13, 2019 to provide the public with a summary/overview, answer questions, and receive comments on the recently-released draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (DARP).

Oiled beach following the Refugio oil spill on May 19, 2015. Image credit: NOAA.

Meetings were held via teleconference/webinar for an afternoon session and an evening session.  Approximately 200 people participated over the two meetings. 

A copy of the draft plan can also be found at the State of California’s Refugio oil spill web page. Please send your written comments on the plan no later than June 8, 2020 to:

By email to:
By mail to: Refugio Beach Oil Spill Natural Resource Trustees
C/O Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
2493 Portola Road, Suite B
Ventura, CA  93004

The draft plan describes how the oil spill injured birds, marine mammals, and marine habitats, and impacted human uses, like recreation and beach going. The plan proposes $22 million in restoration projects to restore the wildlife and habitats, and to compensate the public for the impacts to recreation.

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Last updated Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:08am PDT