Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015

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Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 07:00

Q&A with filmmaker by Gail Osherenko

There is a significant oil spill in the US every 2 1/2 days. This film is about the Refugio oil spill that sent 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto the Gaviota Coast and into the ocean.

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7 pm
Doors open to SBMM Members 6:15pm • Non-members at 6:45pm
Tickets: $5 (SBMM Members) • $15 (Non-members)
Register at or call (805) 456 8747

Sponsored by: Marie L. Morrisroe

BROKE tells the story of this horrendous oil spill from the day the pipe broke past the date that regional oil company VENOCO went broke. It showing the clean up, the community response, volunteers, elected officials and rallies, discussing how to prevent future spills and shift away from fossil fuels.

Osherenko rushed to Refugio Beach as soon as she heard that oil was spilling. She continued to document the press briefings, environmental rallies, the extensive and lengthy clean up and outpouring of concern from the community. Many community members are featured including SBMM supporters Craig and Cindy Makela who both became very sick from the toxic fumes of the Refugio spill, surfer and former fire captain and petroleum engineer Wes Herman, Environmental Defense Center’s Executive Director Owen Bailey as well as Chief Counsel Linda Krop. Elected officials interviewed or appearing in the film include SB County Supervisor Das Williams, Assembly Member Hannah Beth Jackson, Congressman Salud Carbajal, former local mayors Helene Schneider (Santa Barbara) and Margaret Connell (Goleta).

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