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10 days later, oil spill clean-up efforts continue along Santa Barbara coast

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 It has now been 10 days since a pipeline burst caused upwards of 101,000 gallons of oil to leak into the ground and ocean off the Santa Barbara coast, and Friday afternoon, divers were underwater looking for submerged oil.

There are currently 17 vessels and 1 barge involved in the recovery of any remaining oil on the surface of the water. Ten-thousand feet of boom are also still deployed.

As of Thursday night, 40 live and 22 dead birds have been collected. Four of the dead birds were collected Thursday. There have also been 28 live and 14 dead mammals collected since the May 19 oil spill. 

Officials said that all of the live birds collected have come in with oil on them. Crews are continuing collect as many animals as possible, as quickly as possible, to provide the "best achievable care" for them.

The teams are working from Gaviota thorough Ventura. There are also teams in Southern California since tar balls have shown up at beaches there.

The public is invited to attend an open house about the Refugio State Beach oil spill response efforts on Saturday, May 30.

For more information on the open house taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Goleta, click here. 

To learn more about the clean up involving the submerged oil, watch KSBY News tonight at 5 and 6. 
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