May 2015: Refugio State Beach had a sticky situation on its shores after a ruptured oil pipeline spilled 140,000 gallons of crude into the Pacific Ocean.
The Santa Barbara County coastline was devastated, but more than that, residents were incensed. Residents like Patagonia ambassadors Christian Beamish and Chris Malloy responded to the situation by documenting the strife in Refugio – A Hell of an Oily Mess.
With cleanup efforts fading from the front page, residual frustrations are being directed toward oil safety legislation in the California State Assembly. Leading the charge for reform? Patagonia and The Surfrider Foundation.
Beamish participated in a recent paddle out to Platform Holly off the Gaviota coast and wrote an editorial piece for The Cleanest Line titled, “All Better Now? The Refugio Oil Spill, Three Months On.”
Here’s an excerpt:
Even after all the recycling and fuel-efficient practices we put to use, the environmental struggle remains … support your local organizations, challenge your politicians, treat your neighbors with love and kindness. We're not done yet as a species, and this planet still holds wonders a plenty, but we need to bring a more sustainable and equitable future (both among human and animal populations) into being—and community efforts like this paddle out are the best places to start.
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