Officials Eye Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Coast

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Federal and state officials say
they are investigating an oil spill at an Exxon Mobil platform in
the Santa Barbara Channel.

A caller alerted the state's Office of Emergency Services on
Monday about the spill at Platform Harmony, located 4.6 miles off
the coast in federal waters.

The agency's report says the initial sheen on the water was 10
feet wide and stretched for about a mile.

Stephanie Young, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, says a
search is continuing Wednesday for the exact source of the spill.

She says initial reports are that it's lubricating oil for the
platform and not oil pumped from the well.

Officials with Exxon Mobil did not immediately return a call
seeking comment.

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