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Small oil spill fouls Ventura County beach

March 8, 2011 |  6:39 pm

Crews worked Tuesday to clean up an oil spill that has fouled 1/4 mile of coastline north of Ventura.

A camper reported seeing gallons of oil washing up along the shore of Faria Beach near the Rincon Parkway campground about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Ventura County Fire Capt. Ron Oatman.

Responders traced the crude to a pipeline maintained by Vintage Petroleum and cut off the flow of oil. The company told authorities it had fixed a small oil line that ruptured in a landslide Monday, and was under the impression that no oil had been released.

Oatman estimated about a barrel of oil -- 42 gallons -- made its way to the ocean and produced a slick along the coastline.

The U.S. Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game are helping with the cleanup. No wildlife has been reported harmed by the spill.

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