Wednesday, May 20, 2015

California forced to respond after new oil spill

The US Coast Guard and various environmental groups have begun cleanup efforts in the Santa Barbara area after an oil pipeline ruptured yesterday morning. The line, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, contaminated a 4-mile stretch from El Refugio State Beach to El Capitan State Beach with more than 20,000 gallons (500 barrels worth) of crude oil before the leak was stopped in the afternoon.

The cause of the rupture is still unknown, but a representative for Plains All American also told NBC News that the pipeline was inspected in the last two weeks. Officials evacuated Refugio State Beach shortly after the leak was discovered.

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