Volunteers of the Refugio Oil Spill

A wonderful overview done by the California Office of Emergency Services, highlighting volunteer efforts with the Refugio Oil Spill.

Cal OES Newsroom

Cal OES joined other state and federal agencies to form a Unified Command at the Santa Barbara County EOC. There, the UC coordinated all response and recovery efforts to the Refugio Oil Spill. Critical to our efforts were the teams of volunteers. But getting those teams together and ready to hit the beach is not as easy as it may seem.

The Volunteers’ Story

RefugioBusTour05232015_0309 Crews Clean Crude Oil at Refugio State Beach (Photo by: Shawn Boyd, Cal OES)

The Refugio Oil Spill occurred on May 19, 2015, just north of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California. The oil spill came from a pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline. The ruptured pipeline typically moves crude oil from Exxon Mobil’s three offshore platforms situated in a nearby offshore oil field. Up to 101,000 U.S. gallons (2,400 barrels) leaked from the pipeline. The spill flowed through a highway…

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