U.S., drilling company officials grilled on oil spill response

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By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Reuters) -The U.S. Coast Guard and a pipeline executive were questioned sharply on Tuesday about the response time to a massive oil spill that fouled Southern California beaches and killed wildlife. As miles of beaches remained closed after roughly 3,000 barrels (126,000 gallons) of oil were spilled into the Pacific Ocean, officials defended themselves at a news conference. They said it was Saturday morning before pipeline operator Amplify Energy Corp detected the leak. A “good Samaritan” first reported an oil sheen on the water’s …

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