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Section of pipe involved in California oil spill unearthed

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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - A section of pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil into California coastal waters has been removed for analysis.
    
Artealia Gilliard of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Thursday that the section was extracted and will be wrapped in protective insulation before it is sent to a laboratory in Ohio for metallurgical testing.
    
Gilliard says the pipe will be accompanied by an inspector from the federal agency throughout the process to maintain the chain of custody.
    
The underground pipe operated by Plains All American Pipeline leaked on May 19, spilling crude down a culvert and into the Pacific Ocean off the southern Santa Barbara County coast.
    
Oil blackened beaches and created a 10-square-mile slick on the ocean.
    
Some birds and marine mammals have been found dead.

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