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ARCO / Santa Clara River Oil Spill
- LOCATION: Santa Clara River in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
- DATE: January 17, 1994
- INCIDENT SUMMARY: A pipeline break during the Northridge Earthquake resulted in the spill of over 190,000 gallons of crude oil. Oil entered the Santa Clara River near Interstate 5 and continued 16 miles downstream.
- RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO)
- NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
- RESOURCES IMPACTED: Fish (including the Unarmoured Threespine Stickleback); riparian vegetation (approximately 100 acres destroyed); birds, mammals, and other riparian and aquatic animals.
- SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $7.1 million.
- STATUS OF RESTORATION: Final Restoration Plan, restoration projects in progress.
Page Last Updated: April 16, 2014