A worker monitors a vacuum hose resting in the opening of a metal pipeline in the bank above Santa Paula Creek Tuesday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers)
Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Oil spill cleanup crews sucked crude oil from Santa Paula Creek in Upper Ojai Tuesday while officials work to determine the source of the contamination.
According to a hazardous materials spill report from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, a representative from California Resources Corporation (CRC) reported the spill at 5:43 p.m. Monday. The report, obtained by the OVN from the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), stated two barrels (approximately 86 gallons) of crude oil leaked from the pipeline into Santa Paula Creek and listed the source as a buried oil field shipping line operated by CRC, formerly Vintage Petroleum.