An oil spill in the ocean off Santa Barbara Tuesday has fouled four miles of California coastline just before the first weekend of summer.
The spill came from ruptured underground pipeline about 20 miles north of Santa Barbara and has dumped an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude into the ocean, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The oil has already begun washing up on shore, and officials have closed Refugio State Beach in Goleta, a popular summer campground.
Coast Guard officials say they leak was stopped yesterday by 3 p.m. The pipeline is owned by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline, and was built in 1991.
On local who was helping with the clean up told the LA Times: “I’m a surfer, I’m a fisherman — I like sitting out here and breathing it in,” said Marsh, 45. “To see it like this, to see it destroyed — it hurts.”
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