Tar balls from Santa Barbara oil spill washed up as far as Redondo Beach in LA County

Energy Associated Press

A petroleum pipeline company says oil from a Santa Barbara, California, spill spread more than 100 miles to Los Angeles County beaches.

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Plains All American Pipeline said Friday that oil from its pipeline was found as far away as Redondo Beach.

The Houston-based company and state officials said earlier in the week that oil from the May 19 spill had reached Manhattan Beach, two miles north of Redondo.

Federal regulators and prosecutors are investigating the spill of up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the scenic shore.

The reports confirm suspicions that the pipe was the source of tar that washed ashore in Los Angeles about a week after the spill.

The company says some of the tar came from other sources, such as natural seeps from the ocean floor.