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: