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Source of 3-mile-wide oil sheen off Santa Barbara County coast still a mystery

Source of 3-mile-wide oil sheen off Santa Barbara County coast still a mystery

A day after a three-mile-wide oil sheen was spotted off the Santa Barbara Coast, authorities were trying to determine its source. The slick was spotted about 1,000 feet offshore near Goleta Beach, an area known for natural oil seepage. But the size of the sheen made officials question whether it was naturally caused. The sheen — no thicker than a coat of paint — did not force any beach closings, and the U.S. Coast Guard said the oily substance would dissipate on its own. Federal officials said Wednesday's sheen also could be the result of a spill in May, when a corroded pipe operated by Plains All American Pipeline leaked an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude...

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