Press Release

Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Along Santa Barbara’s Coast

Kimiko Martinez, 310-434-2344 / kmartinez@nrdc.org

LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2015) — A pipeline burst along Santa Barbara’s coast today, spilling an estimated 21,000 gallons of toxic crude oil in Santa Barbara’s waters and creating a four-mile oil slick.

Following is a statement by Bob Deans, spokesperson for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

“Big Oil comes with big risks - from drilling to delivery. Santa Barbara learned that hard lesson over 40 years ago when offshore drilling led to disaster. This time, a burst pipeline and its resulting four-mile oil slick remind us yet again: it's time to invest in clean energy. We need real solutions that don’t spill, explode or cause climate chaos.”

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