GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The cleaning up cost of the oil spill that polluted beaches last May on California coast has grown to $62 million so far, the pipeline company said. The Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no schedule for when the cleanup will be completed, Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press.
The company is responsibility for footing the bill after a pipeline break near Santa Barbara and enforced the closure of two state beaches and urged a fishing ban in the area. Hodgins said the pipeline operator is not concentrated on the money. "The main concern here is to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible," he said. About 76 percent of 97 miles of coastline — mostly sandy beaches — have been cleared of oil. Crews are using putty knives and other tools to scrape oil off rocks and cobble beaches — a labor-intensive process that's dictated by tidal conditions.
"The beaches are fairly clean," said Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams, one of two federal response coordinators. "We're making progress on the shoreline cleanup." The May 19 oil spill occurred after an onshore pipeline operated by Texas-based Plains All American ruptured, leaking up to 101,000 gallons of crude.
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