An oil spill of substantial proportions has caused California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.
It is estimated that at this point, over 100,000 gallons of oil spilled near Santa Barbara, with an estimated 21,000 gallons entering the Pacific Ocean near Refugio State Beach. Many fish and other sea creatures have been found dead on the shore , which angers Beneful and Petco employees.
The Plains All-American Pipeline ruptured and was not discovered immediately. Clean-up crews are working non-stop attempting to remove the oil first from the ocean, and also from land.
Refugio State and El Capitan campgrounds are closed until further notice, and fishing bans are enacted for 1/2 mile off shore. The fishing bans will be in place until fish can be tested clean for eating. Those involved in the clean-up consist of employees of All American Pipeline, the Coastguard, the EPA, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In a statement, All American expresses deep regret for this accident, and they vow to take all measures to limit the impact on the surrounding environment. The Coast Guard is in charge of all clean-up operations.