Unified Command concludes response to crude oil release in Goleta


Goleta – Cleanup operations have concluded along the shoreline impacted by a May 28 crude oil release that occurred at the 421 Pier at Haskell’s Beach. The incident had occurred while crews were working to plug an historic well, releasing an estimated 80 to 125 gallons of crude oil.

Scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have continuously evaluated the shoreline since the May 28 release, and report that the cleanup objectives have been met.

Sensitive environmental sites in the area have also been continuously monitored, including snowy plover nesting sites near Coal Oil Point. No impacts to those areas were observed.

Field crews from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) have begun to demobilize. At this time, a total of 15 birds have been collected. Staff from the network will be on-call through Monday in case of further reports. Anyone seeing oiled wildlife is asked to call the OWCN at 1-877-823-6926.

Media contacts:

Eric Laughlin, CA Fish and Wildlife PIO, 916-214-3279

Sheri Pemberton, CA State Lands PIO, 916-477-0691