SANTA BARBARA, California. — Beaches, campgrounds and fishing were closed Tuesday, May 19, after a pipeline burst and spilled approximately 21,000 gallons of crude oil, according to KEYT3 News.
Refugio State Beach and El Capitan State Beach were both closed, along with their campgrounds, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife closed all fishing within one mile of Refugio, according to KEYT3 News.
The oil spill came from an aboveground portion of a pipe two feet in diameter, which was close to the beach, according to NBC Los Angeles.
The pipe led to a culvert that ran under Highway U.S. 101 and to the ocean, and the culvert was closed off a few hours after officials discovered the spill, according to KEYT3 News.
The spill is considered medium level, but it is the largest Santa Barbara has seen in years, according to NBC Los Angeles.
With just a few days before Memorial Day weekend and concern for the environment, the U.S. Coast Guard, Santa Barbara county emergency officials and state park officials have begun cleanup, according to Fox News and NBC Los Angeles.
The officials have recovered about 850 gallons of oil so far, according to Fox News.
The Coast Guard’s flyover Wednesday, May 20, would help assess the extent of the spill and cleanup, according to Fox News.