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Environment

Oil-fouled California Beach - 22 May 2015
Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst.

As much as a fifth of the amount was believed to have reached the ocean, leaving oil slicks that stretched for more than 9 miles (15 km) along the coast.
USA-CALIFORNIA/OILSPILL
RTX1DPTK
May 20, 2015
A man watches an oil slick wash up on a beach along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California,...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
A man watches an oil slick wash up on a beach along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
A man watches an oil slick wash up on a beach along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 19, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DUBY
May 20, 2015
Birds covered in oil fly in front of an oil-drilling platform above an oil slick along the coast of Refugio...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Birds covered in oil fly in front of an oil-drilling platform above an oil slick along the coast of Refugio...
Birds covered in oil fly in front of an oil-drilling platform above an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DUBH
May 20, 2015
A bird covered in oil flies over an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California,...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Bird covered in oil flies over an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
A bird covered in oil flies over an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DVAK
May 20, 2015
A pelican covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
A pelican covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
A pelican covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DTXN
May 20, 2015
A lobster covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Lobster covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
A lobster covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DUBI
May 20, 2015
A shrimp covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Shrimp covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
A shrimp covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DTXG
May 20, 2015
A fish covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States,...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Fish covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
A fish covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DTNA
May 20, 2015
A lobster covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Lobster covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
A lobster covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DUBV
May 20, 2015
An octopus spattered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Octopus spattered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
An octopus spattered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DUBO
May 20, 2015
A shrimp covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Shrimp covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
A shrimp covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1E1I1
May 22, 2015
A clean up worker holds a box of sea creatures killed by an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
A worker holds a box of sea creatures killed by an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in...
A clean up worker holds a box of sea creatures killed by an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 21, 2015. As much as 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude oil, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific west of Santa Barbara when an underground pipeline running parallel to a coastal highway there inexplicably burst on Tuesday morning. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DV80
May 20, 2015
Buckets of oil volunteers carried from an oil slick sit along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta,...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Buckets of oil volunteers carried from an oil slick sit along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta...
Buckets of oil volunteers carried from an oil slick sit along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DV4E
May 20, 2015
Volunteers fill buckets of oil from an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California,...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Volunteers fill buckets of oil from an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
Volunteers fill buckets of oil from an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1DV3J
May 20, 2015
William McConnaughey, 56, who drove from San Diego to help shovel oil off the beach, stands in an oil...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
William McConnaughey, who drove from San Diego to help shovel oil off the beach, stands in an oil slick...
William McConnaughey, 56, who drove from San Diego to help shovel oil off the beach, stands in an oil slick in bare feet along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1E1I2
May 22, 2015
A worker climbs on rocks covered in oil as he cleans up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
A worker climbs on rocks covered in oil as he cleans up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State...
A worker climbs on rocks covered in oil as he cleans up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 21, 2015. As much as 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude oil, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific west of Santa Barbara when an underground pipeline running parallel to a coastal highway there inexplicably burst on Tuesday morning. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1E1IT
May 22, 2015
Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States,...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 21, 2015. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
CALIFORNIA-OILSPILL/
RTX1E1IR
May 22, 2015
Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States,...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta
Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 21, 2015. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
USA-CALIFORNIA/OILSPILL
RTX1DPUD
May 20, 2015
An oil slick is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
An oil spill is seen in the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara in Goleta
An oil slick is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 19, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
USA-CALIFORNIA/OIL SPILL
RTX1DPS3
May 20, 2015
An oil slick is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May...
Goleta, UNITED STATES
An oil spill is seen in the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara in Goleta
An oil slick is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 19, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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