Oil spill in Santa Barbara threatens California coastal cities
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In an effort to stop the contamination of the beach near Santa Barbara, the US Coast Guard begins the tedious task of cleaning up.
The oil spill, which resulted after a 24-inch-wide pipe burst, has spread an estimated nine miles into the Pacific Ocean.
Darren Palmer, Plains All American told Reuters, “First of all, we are sorry this happened and we’re bringing in all the resources at our disposal.”
Authorities are still unable to identify the reason for the rupture.
In the video below, you can see the clean-up crews that attempt to control the oil that has permeated the sand. Darren Palmer and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams speak to the press.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A ruptured pipeline near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara dumped approximately 21,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean yesterday, Reuters reports.
The pipeline is operated by Plains All American and runs along the coast and scenic Highway 101. The cause of the rupture is still under investigation said Petty Officer, Andrea Anderson of the US Coast Guard.
Clean-up efforts are underway. Darren Palmer, District Manager of Plains All America said, “Plains deeply regrets this release has occurred and is making every effort to limit its environmental impact.”
Video and photos courtesy of Reuters.