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The latest on South Coast oil spill cleanup efforts

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 It's been almost one week since a ruptured pipe allowed oil to leak into the ocean off the Santa Barbara coast and the company responsible is now saying it believes no more than 101,000 gallons were released, 4,000 gallons less than previous estimates.

Plains All American Pipeline says it will take as long as is needed to clean up and return the area near Refugio State Beach back to its previous state. Company officials would not give an estimated date, but said they believe it will take quite some time. 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says 17 oiled birds have been captured so far. There have been 10 bird deaths, nine on arrival, and six mammal deaths on arrival. Other mammals have also been captured. Officials ask people to continue reporting impacted wildlife to the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1 (877) 823-6926.

More than 2,600 cubic yards of soil has been removed and thousands of feet of boom deployed. Hundreds of people and many agencies are working the incident around the clock by air, land, and sea. 

Refugio and El Capitan State beaches and campgrounds are closed until at least June 4, or when officials deem the parks safe. Fishery closures also remain in effect for public safety.

Officials say over the Memorial Day weekend, there have been many reports of off-leash dogs chasing wildlife back into the water. They ask people to keep dogs on a leash at all times when in the affected area.

Plains All American Pipeline says the company will be doing more inspection on the pipeline in the coming days. The company says it is responsible for all expenses related to the claim and adds it sincerely regrets the impact the incident has had on the community.

State officials are now calling on public volunteers to help with clean-up efforts for the incident, which  occurred last Tuesday. For information on the training, click here.

For the latest on this developing story, watch KSBY News tonight at 5 and 6. 
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