Ruptured pipeline causes oil spill at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara

An oil spill was reported at Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

A ruptured 24-inch pipeline spilled oil into the ocean off Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, which spread across 4 miles of coastline.

A citizen reported the leak at about noon Tuesday coming from the pipeline off the 101 Freeway. The pipeline, owned by Santa Maria-based Plains All-American Pipeline, was on land, and the oil flowed from land into the ocean.

The pipeline was later secured and the leak was stopped, Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard was monitoring clean-up operations. A commercial oil spill response company has begun clean-up, Coast Guard officials said.

Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, Exxon, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and California Department of Fish and Wildlife were on scene.

The public was urged to avoid the area during clean-up.

An oil spill was reported at Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

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