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Refugio Beach Oil Spill Data

Oil on the beach at Refugio State Park in Santa Barbara, California, on May 19, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard)

On May 19, 2015, a pipeline owned and operated by Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. ruptured near Refugio State Beach.  Over 100,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled, much of which ran down a storm drain and into a ravine under the freeway, entering the ocean.

The following datasets were collected or integrated by the Technical Working Groups (TWG) to support the Refugio Beach Oil Spill (RBOS) Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) and its determination of oil exposure and injury to habitats and resources, as described in the Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (DARP).

ERMA Data Access

Spatial data layers and analysis for the Refugio Beach Oil Spill NRDA are available in the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA), an online mapping and visualization tool developed by NOAA.

DIVER Data Access

Data are available for the Refugio Beach Oil Spill NRDA through DIVER Explorer queries and direct package download in the table below.

Topic Data Package Download (.zip) DIVER Explorer Query
Environmental Sample Collection and Chemical Analysis Refugio DARP All NRDA Chemical Results Run Query
Porewater Refugio DARP Porewater Chemistry Analysis Results Run Query
Talitrid Tissue Refugio DARP Talitrid Chemistry Analysis Results Run Query
Tissue Individual Chemical Analysis Results of Other Shoreline Organisms (mussels, sandcrabs, polychaete worms) Refugio DARP Sandy Beach Chemistry Analysis Results for "Other Shoreline Organisms" Run Query
Rocky Intertidal Refugio DARP Rocky Intertidal Mussel Chemistry Analysis Result Run Query
Surfperch Assessment Refugio DARP California Surfperch Chemistry Analysis Results Run Query
Subtidal Habitat Exposure Assessment Refugio DARP Subtidal Tissue Chemistry Analysis Results Run Query
PAH’s in Nearshore Fish and Invertebrate Tissue Refugio DARP Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Individual Chemical Analysis Results Run Query