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Crews Clean Up Contaminated Water From Oil Well Spill In Santa Barbara County

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(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)
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Crews at the scene of a contaminated water spill from an oil well in Santa Barbara County

Spill in Cuyama area contained before it can reach nearby creek bed

Crews were able to contain a contaminated water spill from an oil well in Santa Barbara County before it could reach a nearby creek.

It happened Sunday on an oil lease on the 1800 block of Perkins Road in Cuyama. Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials say about 30 barrels of what's known as produced water spilled. That's around 1200 gallons of water. The water comes out with crude oil being pumped from the well.

Employees used a vacuum truck to clean up the contaminated water. County fire officials are investigating the accident.