Santa Barbara Oil Discharge Cleaned Up

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Unified Command, in charge of cleanup efforts off the Santa Barbara coast, completed operations at about 4:15 p.m. today after it was determined that the waters were back to pre-spill conditions. An overflight from a Coast Guard H-65 helicopter at around 3 p.m. allowed observers to look at the area and make the determination.

At about 7:10 a.m. the Exxon Mobil oil platform Hondo discharged a reported 4 barrels of oil-water mixture into the waters, about five miles off the coast. The company immediately responded with boats, helicopters, and containment booms, and also with assets from the Clean Seas Company of California. It was reported that no oil entered California State waters, which begin at a point three miles off shore.

Approximately 1250 feet of containment boom was deployed, and eight vessels responded to the cleanup efforts.

The reported cause of the discharge was a corroded “non-production” line. The line and the platform were shut down after the discharge. The incident is under investigation by the Minerals Management Service.

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