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Graphic California map showing the locations of MV Kure spill

A creek with new plantings.

A pipeline break resulted in the spill of approximately 24,200 gallons of crude oil. Oil flowed down a gully, over a cliff face, and into the Pacific Ocean.


  • LOCATION: Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County.
  • DATE: August 3, 1992
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: A pipeline break resulted in the spill of approximately 24,200 gallons of crude oil. Oil flowed down a gully, over a cliff face, and into the Pacific Ocean.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Unocal
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Birds (84 recovered, including 11 Brown Pelicans); sea otters (5 oiled); fish (including king salmon).
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $1.4 million.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION: Restoration projects completed; see Available Documents for details.

Available Documents


Contact Information

Melissa Boggs
Email: Melissa.Boggs@wildlife.ca.gov
Phone: (805) 594-6165


Last update : 10/19/2017 2:42:51 AM