Cleanup crews at Refugio State Beach


  • LOCATION: Refugio and El Capitan State Beaches, Santa Barbara Channel, and portions of the southern California coastline south to the Los Angeles area.
  • DATE: May 19, 2015
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: An underground pipeline running parallel to Highway 101 ruptured near Refugio State Beach, spilling over 123,000 gallons of crude oil, much of which ran down a ravine under the freeway and entered the ocean.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; California Department of Parks and Recreation; California State Lands Commission; University of California; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the Department of Interior through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Birds, marine mammals, fish, coastal and subtidal habitats, and human uses.

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Administrative Record

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Contact Information

Michael Anderson
Phone: (916) 375-6672

Last update : 3/17/2020 4:03:57 PM