NOAA, and the state and federal Trustees working on restoring habitat and resources impacted by the Refugio Beach oil spill near Santa Barbara, have released a draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 173 pages) for public comment.
$22.3 Million Proposed to Restore Natural Resources Injured by Refugio Beach Oil Spill
March 13, 2020 - Today the Department of Justice announced filing for public comment of a consent decree proposing a $22.3 million settlement to restore natural resources injured by the Refugio Beach oil spill near Santa Barbara, California in 2015.
NOAA Announces Partnership to Restore Habitats Damaged by Oil and Hazardous Waste
NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are joining forces to restore habitat damaged from oil spills and hazardous waste releases in California. An initial cooperative agreement between the two organizations includes a recommendation of $1.5 million for restoration with potential for additional funding to support similar projects in other regions over the five-year time period.
10 Years Later: Restoring Injured Natural Resources after Cosco Busan
This is the fifth and final in a series of stories in remembrance of the M/V Cosco Busan oil spill that happened a decade ago on Nov. 7, 2007. This piece focuses on the continued restoration efforts funded by the $44.4 million settlement and takes a closer look at two species in particular — eelgrass and rockweed.
Starting to Rebuild
Though a decade has now passed since the Cosco Busan oil spill, restoration efforts are still underway in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Assessing Cosco Busan: The Damage From 10 Years Ago
This is the third in a series of stories in remembrance of the M/V Cosco Busan oil spill that happened a decade ago on Nov. 7, 2007. In his blog, Greg Baker talks about the assessment phase that followed the initial response.
As The Fog Cleared
Sentinels of the Coast: Surveying the Beaches After Cosco Busan
This is the fourth in a series of stories in remembrance of the M/V Cosco Busan oil spill that happened a decade ago on Nov. 7, 2007. Mary Jane Schramm shares the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’s response efforts and the volunteer involvement that took place following the spill.
The Incident: Early Days
The Initial Call: Looking Back 10 Years to the Day of the Cosco Busan Oil Spill
This is the second in a series of stories in remembrance of the M/V Cosco Busan oil spill that happened a decade ago on November 7, 2007. In his blog, Jordan Stout, with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration, our Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP) partner, goes back to the morning of the spill and the days and months that followed.
The Initial Call
Remembering Cosco Busan: An Overview of the 2007 Oil Spill
This is the first in a series of blogs in remembrance of the M/V Cosco Busan oil spill that happened 10 years ago on Nov. 7, 2007. See links below for related articles and blogs taking a look back at this oil spill and it's aftermath.
Refugio Beach Oil Spill—What Happens Next?
Oil is being cleaned up from the shoreline and beaches are beginning to reopen following the Refugio Beach Oil Spill that took place in Santa Barbara County on May 19, 2015.
Refugio Beach Oil Spill
Oil Spill | Santa Barbara County, California | May 2015
On May 19, 2015, a pipeline owned and operated by Plains All America Pipeline 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.
Hazardous Waste Site | Richmond, California | 1902 to 1987
Hazardous Waste Site | Torrance, California | 1940s to 1970s
From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, millions of pounds of DDT and PCBs were discharged into ocean waters off the southern California coast.
M/V Cosco Busan
The container ship M/V Cosco Busan struck one of the towers of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on the morning of November 7, 2007. The impact tore a large gash in the hull of the vessel, releasing 53,000 gallons of fuel oil into the water.