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California oil spill cleanup costs $69 million

4 years 5 months 1 week ago Wednesday, June 10 2015 Jun 10, 2015 June 10, 2015 3:25 PM June 10, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

GOLETA, CA - The cost of cleaning up last month's oil spill on the California coast has reached $69 million so far.

Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, 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.

About 76 percent of 97 miles of coastline - mostly sandy beaches - have been cleared of oil. Crews are using tools to scrape oil off rocks and cobble beaches.

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.

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