California oil spill estimated at up to 2,500 barrels

Nine vessels are used in the cleanup efforts as the crew tried to clear the sea surface and the shore.

California oil spill estimated at up to 2,500 barrels

World Bulletin / News Desk 

An oil pipeline that burst along the California coast, fouling a pristine beach and a stretch of ocean near Santa Barbara, is believed to have spilled up to 2,500 barrels of crude petroleum, about five times more than initially estimated, the pipeline company said on Wednesday.

The chief executive of the company that runs the pipeline, Plains All American Pipeline LP, was at the site of the spill Wednesday and apologized for it.

"We deeply, deeply regret that this incident has occurred at all," Chairman and CEO Greg L. Armstrong said at a news conference. "We apologize for the damage that it's done to the wildlife and to the environment and we're very sorry for the disruption and inconvenience that it's caused on the citizens and the visitors to this area."

Crude was flowing through the pipe at 207,000 litres an hour at the time of the leak Tuesday, the company said. Company officials didn't say how long it leaked before it was discovered and shut down, or discuss the rate at which oil escaped.

According to the latest figures issued by Plains All American Pipeline, about 500 barrels (21,000 gallons) of the total released may have reached the water at Refugio State Beach. A county energy official ranked the spill as the largest to hit the Santa Barbara coast in at least 18 years.

Nine vessels are used in the cleanup efforts as the crew tried to clear the sea surface and the shore.

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