Cleanup Underway in Santa Barbara Coast Oil Spill

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An underground pipeline that ruptured Tuesday has released at least 21,000 gallons of crude oil onto the beach and into the ocean along the Santa Barbara coast. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates the oil slicks stretch for nine miles. As cleanup efforts continue, we look at the environmental impacts of the spill, what may have caused it and what can be done to prevent future incidents.


Yvonne Addassi, deputy administrator in the Office of Spill Prevention and Response, a division of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Tyler Hayden, news editor for the Santa Barbara Independent