Santa Barbara- S County

Cost of Cleaning Refugio Oil Spill Now Over $62 Million

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. (AP) - The cost of cleaning up last month's oil spill on the California coast has reached over $62 million so far.

Plains All-American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the costs are running at $3 million a day, and there's no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete.

About 76 percent of 97 miles of coastline - mostly sandy beaches - have been cleared of oil. Crews are using tools to scrape oil off rocks and cobble beaches.

The May 19 spill occurred after an onshore pipeline operated by Texas-based Plains All American ruptured, leaking up to 101,000 gallons of crude.

About 21,000 gallons entered a storm drain and washed out to the Pacific Ocean off Santa Barbara County.

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