'Unusually Large' Oil Slick Off California Coast Spotted Near Site of May Spill

A large oil slick mysteriously appeared Wednesday off the southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May.
The sheen was initially reported as about 50-60ft wide about 1,000 yards off the Santa Barbara County city of Goleta, said Coast Guard petty officer Andrea Anderson. The May 19th pipeline rupture occurred to the west at Refugio state beach. He said, “We’re not calling it a spill, we’re just saying it’s unusually large." Oil routinely appears in the local coastal waters from natural seeps. Zaniboni said the slick was unusually large but he refrained from calling it an oil spill because the source was undetermined.



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