LOS ANGELES – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a potential of 5,000 barrels of crude oil spilled inland near Ventura.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center received a report from the Ventura County Fire Department at 6:30 a.m., Thursday, reporting that a spill from an inland platform occurred. An estimated 210,000 gallons of crude oil was reported spilled near Hull Canyon Rd. and Sunset Dr. in Ventura, approximately 1 mile inland of San Buenaventura State Beach.
The Coast Guard immediately dispatched members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara to conduct an initial assessment along with a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Forward Operating Base Point Mugu to conduct an overflight assessment.
Crimson Pipeline has contacted the National Response Center to assist with clean-up operations. Booming and damming strategies are in place at the source to prevent oil from reaching the ocean.
An incident command post has been established by the Ventura County Fire Department at San Buenaventura State Beach. Several local and state agencies, including California Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response, and Oxnard County Fire Department hazmat teams are responding.