The Unified Command for the Refugio Oil spill has released information regarding reports of "tar balls" on Ventura County beaches.
From 9:15 this morning:
The Unified Command is working with Ventura County in response to tar balls washing ashore. Shoreline assessment and cleanup has been initiated for urban beaches.
Report any "tar ball" sightings to: 805-770-3682
At this time only El Capitan and Refugio State Beaches are closed. Agencies responding to the spill have surveyed 37.45 miles of shoreline and find 27.90 miles are "impacted" by the spill so far. Dive teams have been deployed to survey the ocean floor "for submerged oil that may have been deposited during the initial days of the incident." When the teams are finished with the surveys, and clean up plan will be created to remove any oil on the ocean floor.
WILDLIFE IMPACTS: As of this morning the following is being reported:
Live birds recovered - 46
Dead birds recovered - 22
Live mammals recovered - 30
Dead mammals recovered - 14
The wildlife recovery teams are continuing to rescue animals impacted by the spill, and it is reiterated "the public should not attempt to rescue oiled wildlife. Untrained individuals who attempt to rescue wildlife may cause more harm than good and may injure themselves in the process."
Report oiled wildlife sightings to: 1-877-823-6926
Other information regarding "recovered material"
Oiled vegetation: 300 cubic yards
Oiled sand: 390 cubic yards
Oiled soil: 3,348 cubic yards
Oily water mixture: 11,600 gallons
LA Times - Cleanup efforts underway after globs of tar wash ashore in the South Bay
Today in the Los Angeles Times:
BY VERONICA ROCHA
May 28, 2015, 6:15 a.m.
Crews worked overnight to clean up tar balls that washed ashore Wednesday along nearly nine miles of coastline from El Segundo to Redondo Beach.
Lifeguards in Manhattan Beach first spotted the petroleum-like substance about 10 a.m. just off the coast. Two hours later, the tar washed ashore with the surf and coated two miles of sand between 34th Street in Manhattan Beach and Longfellow Avenue in Hermosa Beach.
click here to read full article: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/600/article/p2p-83646286/
The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) has issued a statement regarding the Refugio beach spill, estimated now at over 100,000 gallons. WSPA is a trade group for the oil and gas industry.
WSPA is monitoring the response to the May 19 crude oil pipeline leak in Santa Barbara County. The emergency response incident command structure has been activated. The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are coordinating the federal response effort and the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are coordinating the state response.
And a statement from the Santa Barbara based Environmental Defense Center. A non-profit law firm representing other non-profits in cases aimed at protecting the environment. The EDC was formed in the wake of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara.
“The Environmental Defense Center is deeply saddened by the environmental damage we are seeing on the beaches and in the Santa Barbara Channel from yesterday’s oil spill inland of Refugio State Beach. There continues to be a number of questions that have yet to be answered including the size of the spill, why there was no automatic shut-off on this relatively new pipeline, and why the early response was not more successful in halting the flow of crude oil into the fragile waters of the Santa Barbara Channel and across our precious coastline.
The photo below is from a Tweet posted by the Cal Spill Watch, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, they reported late yesterday five pelicans have been taken to a rehab, and the wildlife teams are collecting more birds. Follow Cal Spill Watch on Twitter for more updates:
A pipeline operated by Plains All American was found to be leaking in the ground and spilling into the ocean along Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County on Tuesday.
The pipeline, a crude oil pipeline, is reported to have been abandoned is under the jurisdiction of the State Fire Marshall. Based on California State law, this type of pipeline is not overseen by the California Department of Conservation, Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) the agency responsible for overseeing oil and gas operators in the state.
From the Office of the State Fire Marshall Website:
"In 1981, the California Legislature established the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act with the intent that the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) shall exercise exclusive safety regulatory and enforcement authority over intrastate hazardous liquid pipelines. The Office of the State Fire Marshal currently regulates the safety of approximately 4,500 miles of intrastate hazardous liquid transportation pipelines. The Pipeline Safety Division consists of engineers, analytical staff, and clerical support located in northern, central and southern California. Pipeline Safety staff inspect pipeline operators to ensure compliance with federal and state pipeline safety laws and regulations. The Division is also responsible for the investigation of all spills, ruptures, fires, or pipeline incidents for cause and determination of probable violations."
Here is a map from the OSFM website of the crude oil pipelines in the state:
Here is a map of the pipelines operated by Plains All American: