Virtual Open House on Refugio Beach Oil Spill Restoration Proposals
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Date & Time
Wed, May 13 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wed, May 13 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
As part of the settlement of the 2015 Refugio Beach Oil Spill, state and federal trustee agencies for natural resources are holding a virtual open house on May 13, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. At the meeting, the trustees will provide information and accept feedback on proposed restoration projects presented in the Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan.
During these virtual public meetings, the draft plan will be outlined, followed by a written question and answer session. Written public comments will also be accepted.
The draft plan describes the injuries to birds, marine mammals, subtidal and shoreline habitats and human use impacts resulting from the Refugio Beach Oil Spill. The plan also identifies restoration projects to restore injured wildlife and habitats, and to compensate the public for lost recreation. The agreed settlement with Plains All-American Pipeline to restore natural resources totaled $22.3 million.
- Register for the webinar at: https://attendee.
- After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.
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Written comments on the DARP must be postmarked by June 8, 2020, to be considered part of the official record. Comments should be sent by email or letter to:
Refugio Beach Oil Spill Natural Resource Trustees
C/O Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
2493 Portola Road, Suite B
Ventura, CA 93004
Michael Anderson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Jenny Marek, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
On May 19, 2015, a pipeline owned and operated by Plains All American Pipeline ruptured releasing approximately 120,000 gallons of oil along the Santa Barbara coastline, 50,000 of which entered the ocean. The incident heavily oiled beaches in the area including Refugio and El Capitan state beaches, injuring wildlife and their habitat and fisheries, in addition to loss of recreation use. Wind and oil currents pushed the oil to Ventura and as far south as Los Angeles County.
For more information contact Eric Laughlin, California Department of Fish and Wildlife at (916) 214-3279 or Ashley McConnell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (805) 677-3301.