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
Open arguments were presented Monday on the pipeline rupture. Read story.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Litigation follows footsteps of 1969 Union Oil spill attorneys. Read story.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Pipeline company faces 15 criminal counts from the 2015 spill. Read story.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Gail Osherenko's online fundraiser is on track to raise $12,000. Read story.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Plains All-American Pipeline faces four felony and 42 misdemeanor charges. Read story.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Massive oil-transport company decides not to repair broken pipe that caused Refugio Oil Spill. Read story.
Originally published 2:17 p.m., August 16, 2017
Updated 10:55 a.m., August 18, 2017
A Refugio retrospective, two years after. Read story.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
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
Plains All American blasted for “preventable errors” and multiple failures in Refugio. Read story.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Forty-six criminal charges filed against pipeline company responsible for Refugio Oil Spill. Read story.
Wednesday, May 18, 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.