21 thousand gallons of oil spill off coast of Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA (KUSI) – Crews are cleaning up 21 thousand gallons of oil that spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara.

The spill was first noticed coming from a leak on a pipeline at Refugio State Beach around noon.The pipeline has since been secured and the leak was stopped.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the spill spans four miles wide and there is still some seepage.

Miyoko Sakashita, oceans director with the Center for Biological Diversity, released the following statement about the spill:

“Time and again we’ve seen oil foul our coasts, whether it’s Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico or Santa Barbara. Oil spills are part of the ugly cost of fossil fuel development, made even worse by aging domestic infrastructure. It doesn’t have to be this way and it shouldn’t. We need to start aggressively moving away from fuel sources that are devastating for wildlife, people and our climate. If we don’t, what we’re seeing in Santa Barbara will continue be the norm.”

This is a developing story and will continually be updated as information becomes available.

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