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A timeline of the California oil spill, from the first report to the cleanup


The leak of over 100,000 gallons of crude oil off the coast of Southern California first came to official attention with a vague report on October 1 about a sheen on the water. It took more than 12 hours for authorities to recognize the extent of the problem. The period between those two events is now under scrutiny as the extensive oil spill has shut prized beaches, damaged coastal habitats, and threatened the health of animals and people along the California coast.