Target: CEO of Plains All American Pipeline, Greg L. Armstrong
Goal: Clean up the massive oil spill on Santa Barbara beaches.
Another devastating oil spill has hit Santa Barbara’s beaches. It’s estimated that 21,000 gallons of oil leaked onto the beach when a pipeline ruptured off the coast of Refugio State Beach. It is a bleak and grim reminder of the 1969 oil spill that sparked America’s environmental movement. Teams have already been sent to clean up the spill, but the company responsible for the disaster–Plains All American Pipeline–should be helping to clean as well. Sign this petition and tell CEO Greg L. Armstrong that crews and money should be used to restore this beach back to its original state.
It was the smell that alerted locals that something was wrong. The heavy and headache-inducing smell of oil permeated Refugio State Beach, prompting citizens to call authorities and to leave the area.
Biologists were immediately shocked–the beach is home to an endangered species of bird, the Western snowy plovers. Witnesses have also reported seeing humpback whales and seals swimming through the oil slick. Birds and other marine wildlife are washing up on shore covered in oil. Dolphins too will be swimming through the sludge, and with the summer season coming upon California, residents and tourists will not want to come see the beach.
Oil spills such as these take decades to heal, and even then, signs of the incident can still be seen. Plains All American Pipeline needs to ensure that everything is done to clean up this beach. If that means hiring more people to wash the oil and grime or spending money on equipment to haul away debris and the ruptured pipeline, then so be it. Sign this petition and tell Greg Armstrong that his company needs to clean up the Refugio State Beach.
Dear Greg Armstrong,
California has been suffering immensely for the past five years. With a drought in full force and the threat of wildfires, the state now has to worry about an oil spill on one of its precious beaches. I for one am appalled and shocked at the amount of damage oil can do to our environment. Endangered animals will have to eat, sleep, and swim through this oil slick, and it will no doubt give them health problems.
I am writing this letter urging you and your company to clean up the Refugio State Beach. There are animals and people who depend upon this beach for their living. It is not right or ethical for your company to ruin it and not take responsibility for the incident. Therefore, I implore you to send people to clean up the spill and use whatever money is necessary to restore this place back to its original state.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Louisiana GOHSEP