Exxon Mobil Santa Clara River


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Spill Location.
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  • LOCATION: Santa Clara River in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
  • DATE: January 31, 1991
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: A pipeline break resulted in the spill of over 74,000 gallons of crude oil. Oil entered the Santa Clara River near Interstate 5 and continued 15 miles downstream.
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Fish (including the Unarmoured Threespine Stickleback); riparian vegetation; birds (294 collected); mammals (19 collected); other riparian and aquatic animals.
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $2.7 million.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION: Restoration projects in progress and overseen by the Santa Clara River Trustee Council. The council administers funds from both the Exxon and ARCO Santa Clara River Spill settlements. Please see the ARCO Santa Clara River webpage for more details related to restoration activities in the Santa Clara River watershed.

Available Documents

Administrative Record

The ExxonMobile Santa Clara Trustee Council Administrative Record can be viewed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office located at 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003, telephone number (805) 644-1766.


Michael Anderson
Email: Michael.Anderson@wildlife.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 375-6672

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