Santa Barbara- S County

Underwater Camera Kept 500 Yards From Oil Spill Zone

Oil company under investigation, cleaning up evidence

Transparency questioned at spill site

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The same oil company in charge of recovering oily evidence in Santa Barbara County is also under investigation.  That's not uncommon after a medium to large spill.

But it has some residents wondering if there is enough oversight.

State Attorney General Kamal Harris said she has assigned a team of prosecutors to pursue criminal charges against Plains All-American Pipeline.

That means EPA and U.S. Coast Guard officials are working with a company that may have broken the law.

For safety reasons Ben Pitterle  of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper said a Cal State University Channel Islands Remote Controlled Vehicle or ROV had to stay five football fields away from the so-called safety zone.

On Thursday, the ROV videoed the ocean floor at a depth of 100 feet and found no visible signs of oil.

Pitterle said they have to take the word of other divers paid by the oil company closer to the spill.

"I think the public is starving for information," Pitterle said.

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