Berry Petroleum Co. Pipeline Crude Oil Spill

State TrusteeState of California
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
Federal TrusteeEnvironmental Protection Agency
AO Bureau

Also Known As

Incident Type




Case Status



Ventura County



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species

Case Description

On December 24, 1993, a pipeline owned and operated by Berry Petroleum Company (Berry) ruptured causing the discharge of approximately 2,075 barrels of crude oil (the Spill) in the vicinity of McGrath Lake in Ventura County, California. Release of the crude oil resulted in petroleum contamination along a pathway that extended from the pipeline rupture, along a riparian corridor and adjacent wooded areas, into McGrath Lake, through a diversion pipeline into a slough that traverses the dunes and beach, into the Pacific Ocean and onto approximately seven (7) miles of sandy beach. Cleanup of the beach, dunes, lake, and riparian corridor included removal and/or disturbance of oiled and un-oiled terrestrial and aquatic vegetation, debris, sand, soil, and sediments using heavy equipment and hand tools.

Credit: California Dept of Fish and Wildlife

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 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 05/05/1997


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 01/01/2005


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 10/22/1996

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Case Contact

Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office

Ventura, CA | (805) 644-1766 |

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