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California oil spill: Officials hope to get first look at ruptured pipe
California oil spill: Officials hope to get first look at ruptured pipe

Workers on Tuesday began digging up the soil around a pipe that ruptured and spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the Santa Barbara County coast. Plains All American Pipeline hopes to dig down to the pipe and take a look at the ruptured area by the end of Tuesday, company spokeswoman Meredith Matthews said. The step is crucial toward determining the cause of the break. Plains officials said they would disclose more information on the dig and possibly the condition of the pipe at news conference Tuesday afternoon. Digging began Tuesday morning, but it has been a slow process because workers cannot use heavy equipment on the soil above the broken pipe. Once workers...

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