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Oil spill at state park caused campers to evacuate

(May 20, 2015) -- A 24-inch onshore pipeline caused a medium size oil spill near the Refugio State Beach Park in California. Campers were evacuated so clean up could begin.

REFUGIO STATE BEACH, Calif. — Campers ready to enjoy the holiday weekend at Refugio State Beach Park smelled oil around noon, according to KEYT.

Some packed up and left others waited until they were evacuated by park rangers, KEYT reported.

The spill detected by firefighters in the area came from a 24-inch onshore pipeline that had not been inspected in three years, KEYT explained.

Officials asked volunteer to leave the cleanup  to the pros for now. But, according to KEYT, volunteers had already  filled more than 90 buckets with oil just east of the campground before getting that message.

To read the full story by KEYT, click here.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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