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U.S. Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 00:49

The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large, patchy oil sheen that appeared off the Southern California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large, patchy oil sheen that appeared off the Southern California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, not far from the site of a petroleum pipeline spill in May, officials said. The slick, spanning approximately 3 square miles (8 square km) of the Pacific about 1,000 yards (meters) from shore, was spotted off Goleta State Beach, but the origin of the sheen was unknown, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Sondra-Kay Kneen. The Coast Guard, which dispatched a marine safety crew to the scene by vessel and a surveillance team by helicopter, described the slick as a "thin layer of rainbow sheening" that was considered "non-recoverable" and was expected to dissipate from the water on its own. In May, as much as 2,400 barrels of crude oil was spilled onto a pristine beach and into the Pacific about 15 miles (25 km) west of Goleta when a pipeline ruptured along the coast. There was no immediate indication the two incidents were linked. The Coast Guard urged the public to stay away from the sheen, though no beaches were closed. County health officials said the slick posed no immediate risk to the public.

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U.S. Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 00:49