May 24, 2015
The 105,000 gallon spill of crude petroleum on May 19th that closed miles of California beaches in time for Memorial Day weekend was caused by a ruptured pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline, a known, repeated violator. Tuesday’s spill in the Santa Barbara area is five times the company’s estimate of the worst case. Crews are working around the clock to contain the spill, clean beaches and rescue wildlife. Federal and state enforcement authorities are already conducting an investigation. The images below are courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard and Getty Images.