Last remaining Santa Barbara beach reopens after oil spill

It’s taken almost two months but the last of the California beaches affected by a massive oil spill back in May is now finally reopening.

Refugio Beach, California.

Refugio Beach, California. Image by ars5017 / CC BY 2.0

When a pipeline ruptured off the Santa Barbara coast a large swath of shoreline was badly polluted. Hundreds of birds lost their lives and the clean-up has cost almost $100 million, but teams have worked hard to get the beaches into a safe condition again and Refugio Beach is the final one to reopen. Read more:

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