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A pipeline break resulted in the spill of approximately 24,200 gallons of crude oil. Oil flowed down a gully, over a cliff face, and into the Pacific Ocean.

  • LOCATION: Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County.
  • DATE: August 3, 1992
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: A pipeline break resulted in the spill of approximately 24,200 gallons of crude oil. Oil flowed down a gully, over a cliff face, and into the Pacific Ocean.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Unocal
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Birds (84 recovered, including 11 Brown Pelicans); sea otters (5 oiled); fish (including king salmon).
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $1.4 million.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION: Restoration projects completed; see Available Documents for details.

Available Documents

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Michael Anderson
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Phone: (916) 375-6672

Last update : 4/29/2021 6:18:47 PM

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