Torch - Platform Irene


California map showing the locations of Platform Irene spill
A bird covered in mineral deposits

An undersea pipeline, linking the offshore oil platform Irene with the mainland, ruptured and released oil into the ocean. The oil formed surface slicks and washed ashore, primarily at Surf Beach, Vandenberg Air Force Base.

  • LOCATION: Offshore and coastline, northern Santa Barbara County
  • DATE: September 28, 1997
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Torch Operating Company
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; California State Lands Commission; United States Fish and Wildlife Service; United States Dept. of Defense (Vandenberg Air Force Base)
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Birds (over 700 estimated killed); sandy and rocky shoreline habitat; recreational beach use.
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $1.9 million.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION: October 2007 Final Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment complete; restoration projects in progress.

Available Documents

Restoration Plans/Summary Reports

Restoration Project Monitoring Reports



Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Pre-treatment Wildlife Surveys

Scope of Work

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Mussel Restoration

Rocky Intertidal Restoration

Sandy Beach Restoration

Phase One

Phase Two

Phase Three

Phase Four

Phase Five

Seabird Restoration

Phase One

Phase Two

Phase Three

Phase Four

Phase Five

Phase Six

Final Report

Administrative Record Index:

The Torch 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.


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