Coast Guard units and California agencies respond to oil on Ventura beach

A member from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara, Calif., takes a sample of oil that was spilled onto Faria Beach in Ventura, Calif.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph

A member from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara, Calif., takes a sample of oil that was spilled onto Faria Beach in Ventura, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photograph

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard received a report of a discharge of oil from Vintage Petroleum onto Faria Beach, just north of Ventura, Calif. The spill occurred from an oil gathering line and is now secured.

The Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands, a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara, Calif. Responders from California Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response and Ventura County Fire Department are also responding.

A Unified Command has been established to manage the response.

The cause of the spill is under investigation. No reports of injured wildlife have been received at this time.

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