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One marine mammal found dead after Tuesday oil spill

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At least one dead marine mammal has been found since the oil spill at Refugio State Beach on Tuesday, according to officials with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. They say the dolphin that was found dead did not appear to be covered with oil, but researchers will investigate whether it may have ingested some oil.

Officials say six oiled pelicans are being cared for at a wildlife facility in San Pedro. One oiled seal lion is being cared for at a facility in San Diego. Another sea lion and an elephant seal were being transported there on Friday.

The U.S. Coast Guard says 10,000 gallons of oily water and 800 cubic yards of oily soil have been removed since the oil spill. Officials say 9.5 square miles of ocean have been impacted by the spill, along with 7.8 miles of coastline from Arroyo Hondo Beach to El Capitan Beach. State Parks officials said Friday that closures of El Capitan and Refugio state beaches would continue until June 4.

The Department of Transportation said Friday that Plains All American Pipeline, which owns the pipeline that ruptured Tuesday, has been ordered to keep the pipeline shut down until further orders and make sure there is no remaining crude oil in the affected section of pipeline within the next ten days. Officials said the portion of ruptured pipeline would be excavated and taken to another location to be studied.

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