The May 19 spill at Refugio State Beach
involved a section of corroded pipeline that was being inspected every other year.
State Parks rangers toured the shoreline west of Santa Barbara on Thursday and cleared Refugio State Beach
to reopen July 17, AP reported.
Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach
and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst.
The 24-inch-wide pipeline, which runs underground parallel to a coastal highway west of Santa Barbara, inexplicably burst late on Tuesday morning, belching crude oil down a canyon, under a culvert and onto Refugio State Beach before it flowed into the Pacific, US Coast Guard officials said.
Refugio State Beach and El Capitan State Beach, both popular seaside camping destinations, were to remain closed to the public through the Memorial Day holiday weekend, officials said.
Refugio State Beach
, Sha'ban 4, 1436, May 22, 2015, SPA -- Hundreds of workers Thursday raked, shoveled and skimmed away some of the estimated 80,000 liters of oil that spilled from a broken pipeline into the Pacific Ocean on California's southern coast, federal authorities said.
4 km) along Refugio State Beach
, extending about 50 yards (46 meters) into the water, Petty Officer Andrea Anderson of the Coast Guard said.
The collision involved a wrong-way driver along the Pacific Coast Highway near Refugio State Beach
, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Two people died and seven others were injured early Saturday morning in a collision involving a wrong-way driver along Pacific Coast Highway near Refugio State Beach
, officials said.
A bike trail connects the park with Refugio State Beach, 2 1/2 miles away.
Refugio State Beach offers excellent coastal fishing, trails and picnic sites.
Under the plan, visitors would board vans at Refugio State Beach
, 23 miles north of Santa Barbara, for the 12-mile drive up a winding road to the ranch.