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Officials reveal the size and scope of the oil spill just off the Santa Barbara coastline

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UPDATE: Authorities estimate 21,000 gallons of crude oil has spilled along the coastline of Santa Barbara. 


UPDATE: The oil spill stretches approximately 4 miles wide. Officials state that the source of the spill has been secured. 

Clean Seas and Patriot contractors are on scene for clean up. 

Stay with KSBY and KSBY.com for all the latest information. 


The size of an oil leak off the Santa Barbara Coastline is now estimated to be 300 feet wide by a mile-and-a-half long.

Santa Barbara County Fire says it is an onshore leak from a ruptured pipeline that started on the north side of Highway 101 and is leaking down into the ocean.

The spill was first reported by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department near Refugio State Beach around 11:42 a.m. Tuesday.

Oil has reached the coastline and the smell is very strong in the area.

The 24-inch oil pipeline has been shut off and is said to be owned by Plains All American Pipeline.

The Office of Emergency Services, State Parks, County Parks, Coast Guard, and Santa Barbara Co. Fire Dept. are all involved.

Officials say the substance in the pipe was a refined product of crude.

A Boom truck is surveying the area and crews from Carpinteria are being called out to clean up the shores.

State Parks is advising people to stay away from and out of the water.

KSBY will have live reports from the scene on KSBY News tonight at 5 and 6.

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