Is hundreds of barrels:
California authorities scrambled on Wednesday to contain an oil slick and clean up tourist beaches after a pipeline rupture dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean.
A day after the spill near Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles, Jennifer Williams, US Coast Guard spokeswoman, said helicopter overflights had shown the slick stretched some nine miles along the Pacific Ocean coast.
As green groups warned of the possible longer-term impact, teams of white-clad workers used rakes and hands to scoop up oil strewn on the sand on Refugio Beach, where a camp site was evacuated.
The spill was estimated at up to 105,000 gallons (400,000 litres), of which some 21,000 gallons of crude oil may have entered the ocean, according to an official update Wednesday afternoon.
All most distressing, no doubt. But this sort of spill isn’t exactly unknown as a natural phenomenon. there really are seeps and fissures that dribble this sort of amount out entirely naturally. And bacteria that eat thos sort of stuff too.
I’m not saying that it’s a good idea it’s happened to feed those lovely microbes: onloy that it’s the sort of thing that won’t make any damn difference at all after a few months.