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Stunning Photos Show Scope Of 105,000-Gallon Oil Spill On California's Coast

Tuesday's pipeline rupture near Santa Barbara may have sent 21,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific. By Wednesday morning, cleanup crews had removed more than 6,000 gallons.

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William McConnaughey, 56, who drove from San Diego to volunteer, carries buckets of oil from an oil slick in bare feet along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California on Wednesday.

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The spill took place Tuesday afternoon, after a pipeline owned by Plains All American ruptured.

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A remote worker noticed abnormalities in the pipeline's flow around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and shut it off, according to the company. The cause of the rupture won't be known until the area can be excavated.

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"The response effort is focused on protecting the safety of first responders and the general public while minimizing the impact to the environment and preventing migration of oil to the shoreline," a Plains All American Pipeline spokesperson said in a statement.

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Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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