No firm tally of how much oil leaked off Southern California

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A worker in protective suit cleans the contaminated beach after an oil spill in Newport Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Some of the crude oil that spilled from a pipeline into the waters off Southern California has been breaking up naturally in ocean currents, a Coast Guard official said Wednesday as authorities sought to determine the scope of the damage. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — More than five days after an offshore pipeline ruptured off the Southern California coast, there’s still no confirmation of exactly how much oil has spilled into the ocean.

The company operating the affected oil platforms has said publicly that no more than 126,000 gallons leaked. But Houston-based Amplify Energy has also told federal investigators the total amount may only be 29,400 gallons. And local officials say they hope that the total spillage could wind up being less than initially feared.

An expert says the amount of oil spilled should be easily and quickly known to the operator.

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