Beach near oil spill to reopen, as probe continues on break

Jun 18, 2015 9:12 PM by News Staff

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - A state beach closed last month after a crude oil spill near Santa Barbara, California, will reopen next week.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation said Thursday that El Capitan State Beach will be reopen its gates on June 26.

The beach is about 3 miles east of the site where a pipeline ruptured May 19, releasing up to 101,000 gallons of oil.

About 21,000 gallons flowed into the Pacific Ocean, creating a 9-mile slick on the water.

Refugio State Beach, which is adjacent to the pipeline break, will remain closed until at least July 9.

Operator Plains All American Pipeline has declined to discuss the cause of the break while it's being investigated by federal regulators.

Nearly 300 dead birds and marine mammals have been recovered in the area.

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