map showing spill location north of Oxnard, California
Spill Location.
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aerial viw of a creek with boom over it in several locations
  • LOCATION: McGrath Lake and McGrath State Beach, Ventura County.
  • DATE: December 25, 1993
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: A pipeline break resulted in the release of approximately 87,150 gallons of crude oil. The oil entered McGrath Lake and eventually the Pacific Ocean.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Berry Petroleum Company.
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; California Dept. of Parks and Recreation; United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Birds (206 collected); riparian habitat; coastal habitat.
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $1.4 million.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION: Final Restoration Plan completed. Restoration projects now in progress; see plan for details.

Available Documents


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