H-AVILA BEACH

Nov 11, 2013 4:23 AM by Associated Press

Chevron plans to turn CA oil spill site to resort

AVILA BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Chevron Corp. has plans to turn the site of a massive oil spill under the Central Coast town of Avila Beach into a luxury resort.

For decades, a 95-acre oil tank farm used to pump millions of gallons of crude oil from huge storage vats into tankers until a leak was discovered in 1989. The spill, which had built up over decades, polluted the ground under Avila Beach so severely that much of the town had to be torn down and reconstructed. The cleanup cost Unocal as much as $200 million.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Chevron, which acquired Unocal in 2005, was recently granted permission to change the zoning of the bluff above the former oil tank farm.

Its early plans call for an "intimate resort retreat."

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