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Report Outlines Areas For Improvement In Emergency Response In Wake Of 2015 South Coast Oil Spill

May, 2015 Refugio Oil Spill resulted in more than 140,000 gallons of oil being spread along the Santa Barbara County coast

How can Santa Barbara County improve its response to disasters like the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill?

That’s one of the topics of a report on the spill being presented to Santa Barbara County supervisors this week. The Refugio Oil Spill After Action Report makes a number of recommendations on improving the internal coordination of county departments, as well as outside communications with state and federal agencies, and the public.

More than 140,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled near Refugio State Beach in May of 2015 when a pipeline ruptured. With cleanup completed and monitoring in place, it’s expected county supervisors will now end the local state of emergency declaration that’s been in place since the accident.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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