The Latest on the 2015 Refugio Spill

I’m not sure about you, but to me, the Refugio Oil Spill seems like it either happened only few weeks ago or that it happened decades ago. In reality, the spill started on May 19, 2015 and deposited almost 143,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean just north of Santa Barbara, California. Responders from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network recovered 267 birds and 162 marine mammals.

As is typical of petroleum spills, the legal process can take years. Because of the long delays, it can be hard to stay current. So I thought I would provide a brief update regarding the Refugio Spill. Testimony for this case started in May, 2018. Over the last three months, lawyers for the prosecution and defense have been providing evidence and witnesses for the jury. Just at the end of last week, we found out that its time to start paying close attention again, as the jury is expected to start deliberations this week. For more information, check out the summary video below.


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