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AP PHOTOS: Crews rake, vacuum up oil after California spill

A worker removes oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Thursday, May 21, 2015. More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Cleanup is underway after an oil spill spanning 9 miles of California coastline, with crews in protective suits working hard to rake, shovel and vacuum up the sticky black goo.

Up to 105,000 gallons leaked from the ruptured pipeline Tuesday, and up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea just northwest of Santa Barbara, according to early estimates.

The environmental impact still is being assessed.

The spill occurred along a long, rustic coast that forms the northern boundary of the Santa Barbara Channel, home to a rich array of sea life.


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