Coast Guard investigating oil slick off Santa Barabara coast

Jul 29, 2015 3:29 PM by News Staff

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The Coast Guard is investigating a new oil slick off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May.

Petty Officer Andrea Anderson says the oil sheen was reported late Wednesday morning about 1,000 yards off the Santa Barbara County city of Goleta.

A marine safety team has been dispatched to try to determine the source of the oil, including whether it is from well-known natural seepage in the Santa Barbara Channel.

The May 19 pipeline rupture occurred to the west at Refugio State Beach. The break spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude, including 21,000 gallons that flowed into the ocean.

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