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Oil spill cleanup accelerates on Santa Barbara County coast
Oil spill cleanup accelerates on Santa Barbara County coast

Crews are working around the clock to clean up the site of an oil spill in Santa Barbara County that has sent tens of thousands of crude into the Pacific Ocean and left even more saturating the soil. Michelle Rogow, an on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the effort -- including skimming oil off the ocean's surface and bagging oily sand from Refugio State Beach -- is a 24/7 operation. "Today, we're working with Caltrans on road closures so that work can continue throughout the day on the area of the culvert that passes underneath the highway,” she said. The oil spill occurred Tuesday when a 24-inch wide pipe owned by Plains All...

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