Cleanup Cost for California Oil Spill Reaches $69 Million

Wildlife experts have recovered 161 dead birds and 87 dead marine mammals, mostly sea lions. Another 106 animals were found coated in oil and are undergoing rehabilitation. 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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