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Pipe to be removed for testing as long oil spill cleanup takes shape
Pipe to be removed for testing as long oil spill cleanup takes shape

The owners of a pipeline that burst and spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude along the Santa Barbara County coast expect to remove the ruptured section Thursday. Federal regulators say the longterm cleanup is just beginning with more than 10,000 gallons of oily water recovered from the ocean's surface. Responders are now using sonar and diver teams to focus on finding and cleaning oil that has pooled under water.  UC Santa Barbara divers have observed collections of oil droplets, as well as bundles of pillow-sized oil and seaweed, at four locations about 150 yards off Refugio State Beach, said Rick McMichael, director of pipeline operations for...

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