Pipeline bursts, spills oil into ocean off California coast

2015-05-20 08:31
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Goleta - Officials say a broken pipeline has spilled oil and created a slick about 6.4km wide in the ocean off the central California coast.

Captain Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department says a pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach broke on Tuesday and spilled oil into a culvert that ran under the US 101 freeway and into the ocean. The pipeline has been shut off, but it's not yet clear how much oil spilled.

Zaniboni says the initial slick was about 90m by 800m, but the US Coast Guard says it has since spread to about 6.4km of coastline.

Zaniboni says fire-fighters responding to reports of the smell of gas on the beach found the thick, black slick and traced it to the pipeline.

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