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Cleanup crews working 24/7 after oil spill

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The U.S. Coast Guard says the cleanup effort at the site of a massive oil spill at Refugio State Beach is ramping up with more personnel at the scene on Thursday.

Officials say they're tackling this spill with crews on the ground, boats on the water, and helicopters in the air.

"More than 7,700 gallons of oily water mixture has been removed as cleanup crews continue to work 24 hours a day," said Capt. Jennifer Williams, U.S. Coast Guard.

Officials say about 300 people are working Thursday to contain the spill and clean up the mess. That's double the number of people who were cleaning up Wednesday. Crews have even spread beyond Refugio State Beach to El Capitan State Beach, and they're working inland at the source of the spill as well.

"Crews are moving down toward the highway from the source area and continuing to excavate contaminated soil," said Michelle Rogow, Environmental Protection Agency.

Still, the EPA and Coast Guard say it could take a long time before the coastline is completely restored.

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