UNOCAL Pipeline Crude Oil Spill

State TrusteeState of California
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near Avila Beach, Pacific Ocean



Contaminants of Concern Include


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Migratory Birds, Anadromous Fish, Marine Mammals, Threatened and Endangered Species

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Case Description

The rupture of a Union Oil Company of California (Unocal) pipeline near Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County, California, on August 3, 1992, caused a discharge of approximately 600 barrels of San Joaquin Valley crude oil. The oil flowed along a gully, down a cliff face into a small cove and eventually entered the Pacific Ocean.

Credit: California Dept of Fish and Wildlife

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Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 03/22/1996


 Restoration Report Final Report 03/01/2008
 Restoration Plan Restoration Plan 06/01/1999
 Restoration Plan Restoration Plan (Sea Otter) 08/01/1998

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