Refugio Oil Spill
At around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Santa Barbara County firefighters were dispatched just west of Refugio State Beach to investigate a strong, gassy smell wafting through the area. They soon discovered a river of oil spewing down a storm drain and straight into the ocean that quickly covered four miles of pristine Gaviota coastline in thick crude.
Photo Galleries © Paul Wellman
• Day 1 - Refugio Coast Oil Spill
• Day 2 - Refugio Coast Oil Spill Cleanup
• Day 3 - Oil Spill Rally at the Santa Barbara Courthouse
• Day 3 - Plains All American Gaviota Oil Spill
• Day 3 - Refugio Oil Spill Aerial and On Site Visit
Pipeline Company Says Potential Jurors Swayed by Negative Media Reports Read story.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Federal agency seeks quicker discovery of oil spills. Read story.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
They speak to next steps in big oil regulation and renewable energy. Read story.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Company says it's facing 46 criminal counts. Read story.
Originally published 11:05 a.m., May 17, 2016
Updated 5:41 p.m., May 17, 2016
Refugio Oil Spill one year later: too many unanswered questions Read story.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
The company was forced to halt production after the Refugio Oil Spill. Read story.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Plummeting oil prices and pipeline closure force company to take billion-dollar shave and haircut. Read story.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Thinks a compromise can be reached before next hearing. Read story.
Originally published 12:30 p.m., March 21, 2016
Updated 2:38 p.m., March 21, 2016
Federal judge rules oil workers may seek further legal compensation. Read story.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Grand Jury report exonerates them of overstepping their bounds. Read story.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Las Flores Canyon tanks have sat idle since the Refugio Oil Spill. Read story.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Did we learn our lesson on pipeline safety? Read story.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
And the EDC has sued PHMSA over unanswered information requests. Read story.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Money will fund emergency response equipment and training. Read story.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Questions linger over impact to oil industry and county tax coffers. Read story.