Investigation into the cause of California oilspill underway

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A pipeline failure off the coast of Orange County, California leaked oil into the Pacific Ocean, creating a 13-square-mile slick from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach. On Tuesday, diver reports and footage from remotely operated submarines showed that a 4,000-foot section of a nearly 18-mile oil pipeline had been displaced approximately 105 feet and had a 13-inch split along its length. The Coast Guard boarded the Rotterdam Express on Wednesday and the vessel is no longer under investigation and has been cleared for departure. The thin crack along the top of the pipe indicates that this may have been a slow leak over time that was difficult to detect.

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