Oil spill near Refugio State Beach, California governor declares state of emergency

May 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Up to 105,000 gallons of oil are estimated to have spilled near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California, on Wednesday, May 20.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — To help clean up the recent oil spill near Refugio State Beach, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara County, according to a press release.

State oil spill, emergency services, wildlife and environmental field response personnel were dispatched yesterday and are working with local government first responders in the county “in a unified command established by federal agencies,” stated the release.

"This emergency proclamation cuts red tape and helps the state quickly mobilize all available resources," said Gov. Brown in the release. "We will do everything necessary to protect California's coastline."

Teams from California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) are working closely with experts and scientists from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to help address environmental impacts, reported the release, and California is coordinating three 65-foot collection vessels, six boom boats and hand crews to assist with the cleanup efforts.

Read the entire release here.

CNN also reported on the oil spill in a news release on the state of emergency in California. “A ruptured 24-inch pipeline [leaked] oil near Refugio State Beach, a protected state park about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles,” informed the release. “Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline estimates up to 105,000 gallons may have spilled, based on the typical flow rate of oil and the elevation of the pipeline.”

You can find CNN’s news release on the state of the emergency here.

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