El Cap­i­tan beach to re­open

Refu­gio State Beach, which suf­fered the brunt of dam­age from the May 19 oil spill, re­mains closed.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - Veron­ica.rocha@latimes.com By Veron­ica Rocha

El Cap­i­tan State Beach will re­open Fri­day, more than a month af­ter 101,000 gal­lons of crude oil gushed from a rup­tured pipeline on the Santa Bar­bara County coast.

An as­sess­ment of the beach by the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation de­ter­mined it was safe for the public. The beach will re­open for camp­ing and day use, of­fi­cials said.

How­ever, Refu­gio State Beach, which sus­tained the brunt of the dam­age from the May 19 oil spill, re­mains closed.

The rup­ture oc­curred in a 10.6-mile-long pipe owned by Plains All Amer­i­can Pipeline.

Of the oil spilled, about 21,000 gal­lons en­tered the Pa­cific Ocean near Refu­gio.

Cleanup ef­forts con­tinue there, with vol­un­teers col­lect­ing oiled wa­ter, sand, soil and veg­e­ta­tion.

They have re­cov­ered 157 mam­mals; 98 of those were dead. In ad­di­tion, 186 of 243 re­cov­ered birds did not sur­vive.

Some of the dead an­i­mals were cov­ered in oil. The causes of death will not be con­firmed un­til full ex­am­i­na­tions are com­pleted.

Camp­ing reser­va­tions at Refu­gio have been can­celed un­til at least July 9.

The fed­eral Pipeline and Haz­ardous Ma­te­ri­als Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion found that cor­ro­sion ate away at the pipe’s me­tal wall.

A 6-inch open­ing was found along the bot­tom of the pipe where it burst, and the agency said the thick­ness of the pipe’s wall at that point had de­graded to an es­ti­mated one-six­teenth of an inch.

Plains All Amer­i­can has 60 days to in­spect Line 903, a pipeline with sim­i­lar cor­ro­sion is­sues.

The line trans­ports crude oil 128 miles from Santa Bar­bara County to Kern County and is con-

nected to the failed pipeline.

Bar­bara David­son Los An­ge­les Times

CREWS work to clean up the crude-stained Santa Bar­bara County coast­line last month at El Cap­i­tan State Beach, which is sched­uled to re­open for day use and camp­ing on Fri­day, af­ter be­ing de­clared safe for the public.

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