Broken Pipeline Spills Oil Into Santa Barbara Creek

An oil spill has fouled a creek in northern Santa Barbara County but fire officials say it's too far away to pollute the ocean.

County fire Captain Eli Iskow says several hundred barrels of oil spilled from a 10- to 12-inch pipeline, crossed a road and flowed into a creek bed about five miles from Los Alamos shortly after 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The oil created a half-mile-long slick before the creek was diked.

The pipe is owned by Greka Oil, which shut down its operations until repairs can be made.

There's no word on whether any birds or animals were injured by the oil.

Iskow says a hazardous materials squad is on the scene, along with state environmental and fish and game officials.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-07-07 1433EST


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