Shell Beach Oil Refinery

This was a British refinery designed to accept the light crude that was found near Orcutt. There was a pipeline from Orcutt to Shell Beach for transporting the oil. The light crude soon became heavy crude and transporting it became impossible and the project was abandoned.

(information supplied by Donald Ewing of Cupertino and Gordon Bennett of Arroyo Grande)

These images are taken from an eight mm movie and are looking toward Pirate's Cove and Avila Beach.