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7,700 gallons of oil removed from ocean following South Coast oil spill

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The U.S. Coast Guard says 7,700 gallons of oil has been removed from the ocean following Tuesday's oil spill off Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara.

The announcement was given at another press conference held Thursday morning.

Officials say 3,000 feet of boom has been deployed, and 400 yards of saturated soil has been excavated.

The excavation crews are now moving toward the highway from the source area. Crews are working 24/7 now to cleanup. 

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says five brown pelicans are currently being cared for and will be moved to a facility in San Pedro on Friday. Several other dead lobsters, fish and other invertebrates have been found. 

Anyone who finds animals that may need care following the oil spill can call (877) 823-6926.

The spill occurred Tuesday when a broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours before it was turned off.

For continuing live team coverage of the oil spill, watch KSBY News tonight at 5 and 6.

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