California oil spill cleanup costs $62 million

Jun 10, 2015 5:00 PM by News Staff

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The cost of cleaning up last month's oil spill on the California coast has reached $62 million so far.

An official with Plains All American Pipeline told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the costs are running at $3 million a day, and there's no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete.

The company revised the cost after initially pegging it at $69 million.

About 76 percent of 97 miles of coastline - mostly sandy beaches - have been cleared of oil.

The May 19 spill occurred after an onshore pipeline operated by Texas-based Plains All American ruptured, leaking up to 101,000 gallons of crude.

About 21,000 gallons entered a storm drain and washed out to the Pacific Ocean off Santa Barbara County.

A Plains spokeswoman says daily costs are expected to drop as the cleanup progresses.


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