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Oil spill in California creates slick that stretches for miles near popular Refugio State Beach

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(CNN) — An oil spill in California on Tuesday created a slick in the ocean that stretched for miles near a popular beach.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Dave Zaniboni said the spill began west of Santa Barbara after a pipeline ruptured and has now moved toward Refugio State Beach. The pipeline responsible has been shut off, he said.

A slick stretched for about four miles near Refugio Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter.

Officials first got a report of a smell of gas in the area at 11:42 a.m. (2:42 p.m. ET), Zaniboni said.

Photos from CNN affiliate KTLA showed a dark sheen near the beach.

A Coast Guard photo on Twitter showed what officials said was an aerial view of the spill, with black muck along the coastline.

County emergency crews and teams from the U.S. Coast Guard and California state parks were working to contain and clean up the spill, he said.

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline was identified as the responsible party, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

California Oil Spill

California Oil Spill

 

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