So far, the spill has left behind 161 dead birds, 87 dead marine mammals — primarily sea lions — and another 106 animals are currently undergoing rehabilitation, the Associated Press reported.
Approximately 97 miles of coastline were affected, prompting a fishing ban and two public beach closures. As of Wednesday, about 76% of the area has been cleared of the crude. Immediately following the spill nearly 1,200 people came out to take part in the cleanup effort.
Since the disaster, Democratic lawmakers in California have been pushing to halt offshore drilling.
“In the wake of last month’s devastating oil spill, we cannot afford to wait any longer to permanently ban new oil drilling off our coast,” Democratic Senator Mike McGuire told Fox News.
A bill proposed by McGuire as part of the California Climate Leadership package, comprised of a dozen bills to combat global warming, has received support from the Sierra Club, Audubon of California, California League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Climate Protection, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The proposal to stop the drilling has received harsh criticism from Republicans who believe it will hurt jobs.
Plains All American Pipeline, the Texas-based oil company that owns the pipeline, will be responsible for all of the cleanup costs.