Goleta, CA – The painstaking task at Refugio State Beach marks a new front in the cleanup after an underground pipeline leaked last month and released up to 101,000 gallons of oil, about 21,000 gallons of which flowed into a storm drain, sullied the beach and washed out to sea.
The spill blackened a section of the Santa Barbara County coastline that was also fouled during the 1969 offshore oil-platform blowout that spewed an estimated three million gallons of crude, killing thousands of birds and other animals.
Two of the hundreds of workers involved in the cleanup, Evan Moore and Tony Duarte are employed by Safety Unlimited Inc., SUN News‘ parent company, who took a temporary assignment as part of the cleanup crew.
They spoke to SUN News’ News Director, Colin Fluxman.
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The cause of the spill remains under investigation. Earlier this week, Plains completed flushing the idled pipeline, a process that should allow for a more precise calculation of how much oil escaped.