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Officials say close to 600 gallons of oil spilled into a wharf off Point Richmond Tuesday afternoon, closing beaches until further notice.
- The spill lasted over 90 minutes, with about five gallons per minute leaking from the pipeline, according to California’s Office of Emergency Services; the cause of the leak appears to be an underground pipe.
- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife say there have been no reports of animals harmed.
- Why This Matters: Oil spills have plagued California for decades, including one in 1969 that leaked millions of gallons of crude into the ocean off the coast of Santa Barbara.
by Jenna Lee,