By: Mercedes Pliego
Mark Tautrim was one of the first witnesses to an oil spill that reached many beaches, and one of California’s most ecological important shorelines. In California a broken pipeline off Goleta, spilled an estimated 21,000 gallons of heavy black oil into the Pacific Ocean. Due to the oil, authorities were forced to shut down the popular state beach and campground as Memorial Day weekend is almost coming. It is near protected nesting grounds of an endangered bird. Authorities aren’t sure what caused the leak in the underground pipeline, but oil bubbled to the surface on land across Highway 101, then poured from a culvert onto Refugio State Beach.