Miles-Long Oil Spill Dumps 21,000 Gallons on SoCal Coast

An oil spill along the coast near Santa Barbara has dumped about 21,000 gallons of oil from a 2-foot pipeline onto the shore, creating a 4-mile slick in the ocean, forcing an emergency cleanup and leaving the fate of the beaches unclear ahead of the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Coast Guard crews responded after reports of an oil slick in the ocean, also seen on the sand at Refugio State Beach, around 12 p.m. Tuesday. The slick was initially estimated to be about a half-mile long but was reported to have spread to 4 miles wide by 3:30 p.m.

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