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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Clean up is expected to continue Wednesday along the coast of Santa Barbara, California, after thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled into the Pacific Ocean overnight.

Officials are blaming the spill on a ruptured pipeline.

“It spilled approximately 21,000 gallons of oil into a culvert, and then that culvert fed into a drainage pipe, which then brought the oil onto the beach,” says Mike Eliason with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The leak has been stopped, but as ABC News’ Alex Stone explains, the scene is still a big mess.

“Just walking along the beach here, there is oil everywhere, on the rocks, walking up to the beach, there are globs of oil all over the rocks and then walking down on to the beach, it’s completely covered. The beach is black and it has the smell of oil,” Stone says.

In a news conference Tuesday night, Darren Palmer, the district manager at Plains All-American Pipeline, apologized for the leak.

“Plains deeply regrets this release has occurred and is making every effort to limit its environmental impact,” he said.

Palmer added, “Our focus remains on ensuring the safety of all involved. No injuries have been reported at this time.”

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