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22.05.2015 14:23
Oil Spill Cleanup in California Could Take Months
Up to 2,500 barrels of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 32 km west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst
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Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore.

Up to 2,500 barrels of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 32 km west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst.

As much as a fifth of the amount was believed to have reached the ocean, leaving oil slicks that stretched for more than 9 miles (15 km) along the coast.

Environmental activists and local officials said it could turn out to be the largest oil spill in 46 years to hit the ecologically sensitive but energy-rich Santa Barbara shoreline, about 200 km northwest of Los Angeles, Reuters reported.


TAGS: oil spill | California | Santa Barbara | environment | oil | pipeline 


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