Oil spill cleanup costs surpassing $70 million
June 11, 2015
The cost of cleaning up the Santa Barbara County oil spill has already reached approximately $70 million. [NBC Southern California]
Pipeline company Plains All American announced Wednesday that the cleanup cost had reached $69 million. Each day of the cleanup effort is costing $3 million, and there is no timetable for when it will be complete, Plains All American Pipeline spokesman Patrick Hodgins said.
On May 19, a pipe belonging to Plains All American ruptured near Goleta, causing as many as 105,000 gallons of crude oil to spill. Much of the oil flowed into a culvert and then into a ditch that drains into the ocean.
The spill spread over 9 miles of coastline, mostly consisting of sandy beaches. Workers have now cleared the oil from about 76 percent of the territory.
The exact cause of the oil spill remains unclear, but documents released by federal regulators indicate that testing conducted in early May found extensive external corrosion along some sections of the pipeline.
As a result of the spill, multinational company Exxon has stopped piping oil through Santa Barbara County. Exxon requests for permission to truck crude north along Highway 101 into and through San Luis Obispo County was denied.