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Two weeks after oil spill near Santa Barbara, clean up continues

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Tuesday, June 2 marks two weeks since as much as 100,000 gallons of oil spilled into the ground and ocean near Refugio State Beach.

As of Tuesday, nearly 300 volunteers had been trained to help with the clean up. Collectively, they've spent more than 1,700 hours helping out and have removed more than 200 bags of oily waste. Coordinating agencies say nearly 12,000 gallons of oily water has been recovered, along with almost 5,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, sand and vegetation.

Crews also continue to rescue oiled wildlife. So far, they've recovered 137 birds. Eighty of them were dead. Eighty-two mammals have been recovered, and 45 of those dead.

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