A ruptured pipeline in Santa Barbara owned by Plains All American Pipeline led to an oil slick in the Pacific Ocean.
The oil spill originated from the company’s 24-inch Las Flores to Gavoita pipeline in Santa Barbara County, which ruptured, and the slick reached a culvert leading to the Pacific Ocean.
The company says in a statement that the spill has impacted ocean water and the shoreline but the amount of spilt oil is not known.
The slick stretched for four miles near Refugio Beach, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Plains All American Pipeline says in a statement: ‘Plains shut down the flow of oil in the pipeline and has initiated its emergency response plan. The culvert has been blocked so no additional oil is reaching the water.
‘Plains is working with local officials and first responders on site to begin clean up and remediation efforts.
‘Plains deeply regrets this release has occurred and is making every effort to limit its environmental impact. Our focus remains on ensuring the safety of all involved. No injuries have been reported at this time.’