Second Major California Beach to Reopen After May Oil Spill

State parks officials said on Friday that the second of two major California beaches that were closed after a ruptured pipeline spewed some 2,400 barrels of crude oil will be reopened next week. Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles (or 32 km) west of Santa Barbara, was closed along with nearby El Capitan State Beach after an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst on May 19. Eric Hjelstrom, California's state park superintendent said officials had completed a site assessment of Refugio State Beach and had determined that it was safe for members of the public to use again.



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