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Oiled Wildlife Rescued After Tanker Crashes Into Cuyama River

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response is among those involved in the cleanup of oil after a tanker truck crashed in the Cuyama River. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

A turtle and a bird rescued from an oil spill in the Cuyama River east of Santa Maria were receiving veterinary care, California Department of Fish & Wildlife officials said Monday.  The state Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) joined with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Petrol Transport Inc. in the cleanup of 6,000 gallons of oil released from a tanker accident, while racing to stem the spill ahead of approaching rain.