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“Plains” Refugio Oil Spill Could Be 40% Larger Than Estimated

August 06 2015

“Plains” Refugio Oil Spill Could Be 40% Larger Than Estimated

Updates Not the answer Water Quality Oil Spill

It’s been nearly three months since the "Plains" oil spill at Refugio State Beach, in Santa Barbara—spilling 20,000 gallons of oil into the ocean. Based on a recent report, the number of gallons originally spilled could be 40% more than initially estimated. Which makes sense. An ‘increase in the original…

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Refugio Oil Spill Roller Coaster

June 25 2015

Refugio Oil Spill Roller Coaster

Ocean Ecosystems Updates Not the answer Water Quality Oil Spill Public Notification

Tracking the Plains Refugio oil spill has been like riding a rickety, roller coaster. Since “Day 1” Surfrider has been following the twists and turns of the spill—desperately trying to ‘make sense of the events’ by researching exactly what happened and analyzing how to avoid a similar travesty in the…

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Globs of Oil Cover Miles of Southern California Beaches

June 02 2015

Globs of Oil Cover Miles of Southern California Beaches

Ocean Ecosystems Updates Not the answer Water Quality Oil Spill

Since May 29th, 2015 oil globs have been found along southern California (concentrated near Ventura, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, Zuma Beach and Venice Beach). Surfrider Staff and volunteers have been corresponding with cleanup responders. Anxious locals and advocates patiently await the results of oil ‘finger-printing’…

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Updates on Santa Barbara Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

May 22 2015

Updates on Santa Barbara Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

Ocean Ecosystems Updates Not the answer Water Quality Oil Spill

On May 19, 2015, the popular and pristine beaches of Refugio State Beach were covered by sticky, smelly, black oil. Shockwaves spread through Santa Barbara—a tiny town all too familiar with oil spills. As Santa Barbara once again contends with a catastrophic spill, the memories of the devastating 1969 spill…

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Tar Ball Training Session Hosted by Emerald Coast Chapter

April 29 2015

Tar Ball Training Session Hosted by Emerald Coast Chapter

Water Quality Oil Spill

Five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Coast Guard and State environmental agencies are scaling way back on their recovery efforts, but the Emerald Coast Chapter continues its grassroots efforts to monitor Northwest Florida beaches for lingering BP oil.

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The Next Great Battle

April 20 2015

The Next Great Battle

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Illness Oil Spill

Today, April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new drilling along much of the…

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Protect Our Ocean & Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling on the East Coast

March 24 2015

Protect Our Ocean & Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling on the East Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Water Quality Oil Spill

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced public hearings for offshore seismic blasting in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. According to the government’s own estimates, the proposed seismic blasting will injure or kill tens of thousands of fish and marine mammals. It will also set…

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Lower Gas Prices AND Global Freedom??

June 25 2014

Lower Gas Prices AND Global Freedom??

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Water Quality Oil Spill

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Built to Spill

October 01 2013

Built to Spill

Water Quality Oil Spill

As the debate over the size of the BP Gulf Oil spills enters the courts, we recount our front row view of the spill estimates (really underestimates) and the great work SkyTruth did you reveal the true scale of the spill.

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Settlement Protects Coastal Waters from Harms of Oil Spill Dispersants

May 30 2013

Settlement Protects Coastal Waters from Harms of Oil Spill Dispersants

Legal Water Quality Oil Spill

Surfrider Foundation filed a settlement today that requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that toxic oil-dispersing chemicals will not adversely impact sea life and our coastal resources. Surfrider Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment originally filed a lawsuit against the EPA and…

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Three Essential Truths about New Offshore Oil Drilling

July 31 2012

Three Essential Truths about New Offshore Oil Drilling

Water Quality Oil Spill

We challenge all elected officials to acknowledge these three essential truths when considering any new offshore drilling proposals.

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Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

March 03 2012

Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

Legal Rise Above Plastics Water Quality Oil Spill

This past week Surfrider Foundation staff visited Washington DC to promote our federal priorities on Capitol Hill. As a grassroots organization, our federal priorities stem from the work of the over 80 local Chapters in the United States. The common issues that have risen to the top of our local…

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Surfrider Foundation Jointly Sues EPA for Lack of Study on Oil Dispersants

September 22 2011

Surfrider Foundation Jointly Sues EPA for Lack of Study on Oil Dispersants

Legal Water Quality Oil Spill

Today, Surfrider Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment jointly filed an official Notice of Intent to Sue against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allowing the use of toxic oil dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm our coastal environment and coastal users. The 60-day notice…

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One Year Later - Still Oil in the Sand

April 14 2011

One Year Later - Still Oil in the Sand

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

Surfrider volunteers recently conducted testing for oil and dispersants in the sand at Dune Allen Beach in Florida. The volunteers used a special ultraviolet light which revealed veins of what has been termed a “crude/Corexit compound” in the sand. Surfrider Foundation will communicate their findings and methods with BP to…

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Opposition to Hasting’s oil drilling bills

April 12 2011

Opposition to Hasting’s oil drilling bills

Water Quality Oil Spill

The Surfrider Foundation joins 48 organizations representing millions of American's in opposition to three bills sponsored by Doc Hastings (R-WA) that would promote new offshore drilling in US coastal waters

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Testing Gulf Beaches for Oil and Dispersants

April 06 2011

Testing Gulf Beaches for Oil and Dispersants

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

Check out these videos describing the Emerald Coast Chapter's new venture testing beach sand for oil and dispersant contamination using UV light.

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February 22 2011

Monitoring Gulf Beaches for Oil and Dispersants

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

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August 09 2010

Lessons from a week in the Gulf. Water quality is unknown.

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

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July 14 2010

Surfrider Testing Florida Beaches for Chemical Dispersants

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

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