It's even worse than we thought. Beaches further south than the admitted oil spill reach are soiled with black goop, thanks to Plains All American Pipeline's massive failure to protect the environment they are exploiting for profit. The CEO, Greg Armstrong, came out here to apologize, telling reporters, "Sorry isn't enough."
"How about he gets on his knees to clean up his own mess," said one animal rescuer. "That billionaire sure looks smug in his clean shirt. The animals are covered in oil and dying."
Officials from Plains All American Pipeline scrambled today to excavate a broken section of their oil pipeline that ruptured along the California coast near Santa Barbara, spilling 105,000 gallons of crude oil and leaking about 21,000 gallons of oil into open waters. Conservationists on the scene contend the damage to wildlife is being underreported.
Two of the sea lions being treated by Sea World are said to have died.
The LA Times reported that Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records. Data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows Plains' rate of incidents per mile of pipe is more than three times the national average.