Broken pipeline spills oil into ocean off Santa Barbara

May 20, 2015 9:17 AM

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Broken pipeline spills oil into ocean off Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County health officials have shut down Refugio State Beach, the central site of the spill, though many had abandoned the site already because of the foul smell.

A few hours later the pipeline had been shut off, but the spill had stretched to about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of beach for about 50 yards (45 meters) out into the water, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson.

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