Oil at Refugio State Beach 98% Contained


A line formed at the entrance of the park starting as early as  8 a.m. Friday, to camp, paddle board, surf, swim, check out just how clean the ocean was.

This comes after a Plains All American pipeline ruptured spilling over 100,00 gallons of oil nearly two months ago.

One beachgoer said, “It looks terrific, it’s incredibly clean. We were trying to find any kind of oil and we couldn’t see any – I was really surprised”.

The oil is 98 percent contained and completely safe to take a dip.

State Parks Superintendent Eric Hjelstrom said that there were still sections of the park, a couple of pocket beaches down coast and some up coast that are still being cleaned  and those are closed to the public. Hjelstrom asked the visitors to stay out of those closed areas.

The park also received a make-over. Plain All American Pipeline paid the tab for new black top in the parking lot as well as repainted bathrooms.