Officials are saying that about 105,000 gallons (397,468 liters) of crude oil have spilled off Refugio State Beach in California, five times more than had been predicted.
Now, it may take months to restore the nine-mile Santa Barbara coast line hit by the spill on Tuesday, according to U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams.
The oil came from a pipe run by Plains All American. The Houston-based company said the pipe carried about 2,000 barrels of oil per hour and that it “deeply regrets” the incident.
Investigators remain uncertain as to what caused the spill, but they continue working around the clock to address its environmental effect. So far, they have recovered oil-soaked carcasses of pelicans as well as oil-drenched live pelicans, sea lions, and elephant seals.
Full article: California Oil Spill Five Times Worse Than Expected (Sputnik News)