Reports: Tar from Santa Barbara spill washed up in LA County

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State officials say tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill last month washed up on a Los Angeles County beach. Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said Monday that a tar ball found May 27 on Manhattan Beach was traced to the spill.

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The finding is the first confirmation that tar found on Southern California beaches came from the Plains All American Pipeline that dumped up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil on the coast May 19.

Federal regulators are investigating the spill's cause.

Tar balls washed up on Ventura County and Los Angeles County beaches about a week after the spill.

Plains has spent more than $65 million on cleanup costs in Santa Barbara County. The company says it has not been assessed for any Los Angeles cleanup.

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