Cleanup crews are working round the clock to remove oil, tainted earth and sand from the shores, and so far more than 7,700 gallons of contaminated oily water from the ocean and 400 yards of soaked oil were removed from the coast off Santa Barbara.
On Thursday morning, officials informed that cleanup has started and they are working extensively to clear up the oil from the shore after Tuesday’s pipeline ruptures, which leaked about 105,000 gallons of crude oil off California.
The pipeline operated by Plains All American Pipeline LP was working below its utmost operating capacity when it ruptured and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil along the coast and into the ocean, the oil company informed on Thursday.
Investigation is underway and what caused the spill is not yet determined.
However, Rick McMichael of Plains All American Pipeline said, “Line 901 was not operating at capacity before or during the release.”
Plains All American Pipeline workers are digging up stained soil along the burst pipeline to clean up the site, informed a spokeswoman at the joint command center.
It is not yet confirmed when the workers will dig up the segment of pipe that seeps out the oil.
State wildlife officials said that during the cleanup process, five brown pelicans covered with oil were recovered. The pelicans were reserved at a local wildlife care provision, where the birds are attaining some strength before they are cleaned at another Southern California facility.
Officials informed on Wednesday that around 21,000 gallons of crude oil spread into two large patches in the Pacific Ocean.
California governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in the county after gallons of oil spilled into the ocean, causing environmental threats.
Cleanup crews were carrying out the mission at Refugio State Beach, 140 miles north of Los Angeles.