Efforts underway to scrub spilled oil from California coast

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This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Capt. Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department says the pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach broke Tuesday and spilled […]

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) – Cleanup crews are preparing to fan out along a stretch of California coastline stained by crude oil that spilled from broken pipe and flowed into the ocean.

Crew members from an environmental cleanup company were briefed early Wednesday and given boots, gloves, shovels and rakes.

An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude flowed Tuesday from an onshore pipeline in southern Santa Barbara County, forming a slick that left gobs of goo along sand and rocks at Refugio State Beach.

Members of the International Bird Rescue organization are standing by with gear to clean any birds that become covered with oil.

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