Crews Race to Contain Oil Spill Near Santa Barbara

Crews are rushing to contain an oil spill that has befouled four miles of scenic California coastline just before the Memorial Day holiday.
The spill, about 20 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara, was estimated at 21,000 gallons. The Coast Guard said a planned flyover Wednesday morning would give authorities a better sense of scope.
An onshore oil pipeline broke and spilled crude into a storm drain that empties into the Pacific Ocean. Plains All American, the company that owns the pipeline, said it "deeply regrets" the spill and was working to limit the damage.
The spill was discovered when people reported a foul smell near a state beach Tuesday afternoon. Authorities found a half-mile slick in the Pacific Ocean that later spread to four miles — 50 yards into the water.



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