Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's beach jeopardised by 101,000 gallon oil spill

10 square mile oil slick created last week after onshore pipeline leak

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A 100,000 gallon oil spill off the coast of Southern California has jeopardised the private beach at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Santa Barbara property.

A ten square mile oil slick was created in the ocean last week when an onshore pipeline let as many as 101,000 gallons of oil into the water, the Daily Mail reports.

The movie stars' 11-acre estate runs alongside the Gaviota State Park. Barriers have been put in place to try and stop the effects of the oil.

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The pipeline burst last Tuesday on May 19 and as a result, a state of emergency was declared in the area.

The Plains All American Pipeline was the one which burst last week but the company were quick to clarify that the leakage wasn't as severe as initially reported.

The company have now said that the amount released is actually around 4,200 gallons less than previously thought.

According to the company's website, clean-up crews have already collected around 9,492 gallons of oily water and 220 cubic yards of oily solids have also been recovered.

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It has been reported that more than 650 people are helping to deal with the spill which is one of the worst seen in decades.

The El Refugio and El Capitan beaches have been closed to the public until June 4.

Although Pitt and Jolie's property is just 1.5 miles from El Capitan, it's believed they use the multimillion dollar estate mainly as a holiday home.

Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, said: "We will do everything necessary to protect California's coastline".

According to the Express, the wildlife in the area has already been affected by the oil spill with a number of dead fish and crustaceans spotted as well as two pelicans, covered in oil.

It is also thought that other wildlife, including sea lions, seals and whales, could be affected by the disaster.

Fan Yang is from Indianapolis but was visiting the beaches in the area and said: "It smells like what they use to pave the roads. I'm sad for the birds – if they lose their habitat."

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