Oil leaked in California spreads over 100 miles to L.A. County beaches
According to a petroleum pipeline company, oil from a Santa Barbara, California, leak spread over 100 miles to Los Angeles County beaches. As per Plains All American Pipeline, oil from its pipeline was found even at Redondo Beach.
Earlier, it was announced by the Houston-based company and state officials that oil from the spill had spread to Manhattan Beach, which is located two miles north of Redondo.
The spill of up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the scenic shore is being investigated by federal regulators and prosecutors. It has been confirmed by reports that tar was leaked from the pipeline that washed ashore in Los Angeles approximately a week after the spill.
The company said that some other sources also produced some of the tar, like natural seeps from the ocean floor.
Janet Wolf, chair of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, complained at a state legislative hearing that there is a lack of information on the spread of the oil. According to her, her staff was exhausted trying to collect details on the test results from officials observing the spill response and cleanup.
Wolf said, citing the information released by the company on Friday, "After being told ... that we first could get the results, then we were told we couldn't get the results, here they are published and no one in our staff ... knew about these results coming out. There is a breakdown in communication".
Lt. Chris Pierce of the Seal Beach Marine Safety/Lifeguards Department said that tar sightings are not rare.