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Attorney General visits South Coast oil spill site, meets with SB Co. District Attorney

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 Attorney General Kamala Harris was near Refugio State Beach Thursday, touring the continuing cleanup efforts from a ruptured pipeline that caused more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil to spill into the ocean last month.

As of Thursday, 173 birds have been collected - 58 live, 115 dead - and 100 mammals - 42 live, 58 dead.

More than 14,000 gallons of oily water mixture has been collected, and camping reservations at El Capitan and Refugio Beach State parks are canceled through at least June 18.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney met with Attorney General Harris Thursday as well, and says they discussed whether any criminal or civil charges related to the spill should be filed.

The District Attorney's Office says they hope to announce a decision by the end of the summer.

On Friday, U.S. Representative Lois Capps plans to tour the oil spill site for the second time since the May 19 incident.

A new report shows the section of the pipe that caused the leak was badly corroded.
Crews are still working to get rid of oil in that area.

For more on the South Coast oil spill, click here.

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