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A section of pipeline off Refugio State Beach in California ruptured on Tuesday, spilling about 105,000 gallons of crude oil. Nine miles of the scenic coast are affected and the governor declared a state of emergency. Crews have been cleaning the habitat and helping the wildlife caught in the oil slick all week.
Oil flows toward the ocean from an inland oil spill near Refugio State Beach on May 20.
Rocks are seen covered in oil at Refugio State Beach, May 21.
An oil slick is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, May 19.
Workers clean oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 22.
California mussels and a crab are covered in oil at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., May 21.
Oil is visible in the waters of the Pacific Ocean and on rocks near Refugio State Beach on May 21 in Goleta, California.
A bird covered in oil spreads its wings as it sits on a rock.
A clean-up worker removes oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach.
Derek Fisher (L) holds onto the shirt of Steven Botello as he tries to reach out to help an oil soaked bird that washed ashore.
Workers clean the beach at Refufio State Beach on May 21 in Goleta.
Staff members and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue office in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles.
Oil covers a local resident's boot at Refugio State Beach, May 19.
Whales along the surface swim near a sheen of oil north of Goleta, May 20.
Volunteers fill buckets with oil near Refugio State Beach after an oil spill.
Volunteers carry buckets of oil from an oil slick along the coast of Refugio.
Buckets of oil volunteers carried from an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, May 20.
A pelican covered in oil sits on a beach about a mile west of Refugio.
Members of SeaWorld San Diego's Rescue Team care for an oiled sea lion
Protesters call for a ban on fracking and a phasing out of oil development in California, in Santa Barbara, May 21.
Workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, May 21.
An oil-covered lobster lies dead on the beach after an oil spill near Refugio State Beach on May 20.
Oil covers the sand at low tide near Refugio State Beach on May 20.
Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach.
Two birds covered in oil sit on a rock near Refugio State Beach on May 22.