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Lawmakers review Refugio State Beach oil spill clean-up

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Rep. Lois Capps and Sen. Barbarba Boxer visit the site of the Refugio State Beach oil spill. (KSBY photo) Rep. Lois Capps and Sen. Barbarba Boxer visit the site of the Refugio State Beach oil spill. (KSBY photo)
Sen. Barbara Boxer speaks after touring the site of the Refugio State Beach oil spill. (KSBY photo) Sen. Barbara Boxer speaks after touring the site of the Refugio State Beach oil spill. (KSBY photo)

U.S. Representative Lois Capps and California Senator Barbara Boxer visited Refugio State Beach on Tuesday to survey the clean-up efforts by Plains All American Pipeline following May's oil spill there. 

Capps said the two lawmakers would discuss the need to protect the Central Coast from future spills. They planned to meet with first responders and observe the progress made to restore the area. 

Boxer and Capps were also scheduled to attend a briefing with the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

In June, Boxer, Capps and several others wrote to Plains All American's CEO calling for answers after the company's May 19 pipeline rupture that spilled crude oil onto Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. 

"Why did the company wait nearly an hour and a half to notify authorities after discovering the spill and nearly three and a half hours after a problem was first detected? Congresswoman Capps and I have written letters to PHMSA (U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) and to the company and their chief executive officer and we will not rest until we have the answers to these questions," Boxer said on Tuesday.

For more information on the oil spill, click here
 

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