California Oil Spill Fouls at Least 9 Miles of Scenic Beaches

Around-the-clock cleanup efforts are underway along a nine-mile section of the California coas near Santa Barbara, following a spill of more than 105,000 gallons of oil. About one fifth of that has reached the sea.
Officials said more than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from the spill as of Thursday morning, but that's just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline.