Grove Incident: Up to 700 barrels of crude oil spilled in Hall Canyon, Ventura, CA

A press conference was held at 12noon today at the San Buenaventura State Beach parking lot, 901 San Pedro Street regarding the crude oil pipeline spill in Hall Canyon, Ventura.

There are no evacuations and no health risks to the community.

At 5:30a.m. today a crude oil spill was reported in the city of Ventura in Hall Canyon, and originated in the northwestern part of the city.  The spill traveled a half mile from the Prince Barranca into Hall Canyon, where it has been stopped.  Early reports confirm up to 700 barrels have flowed into Prince Barranca. The pump station where the leak originated has been shut down, and any flow at this point is residual.

The cause of the leak is undetermined and under investigation.

The flow ends in a catch basin in the Prince Barranca and does not flow to the ocean.

The incident is currently in the containment and evaluation phase; and the flow has been stopped before it could reach the ocean, minimizing environmental impacts.

One road closure is in effect at Hall Canyon Road and Fairview Drive.

Emergency responders are assessing any other areas the oil may be flowing to, and HazMat is monitoring air quality.

Community members were sent the following VC Alert message to keep them updated on the incident, “The oil spill in Hall Canyon is currently contained in the Prince Barranca.  Crews will be working around the area and residents are advised to avoid contact with the oil and take safeguards to protect pets and property.  Residents may smell strong odors and at this time air quality monitoring is taking place.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.”  Residents may request VC Alert notifications by texting “VC Alert to “313131”.

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