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tate of Emergency in California After a Major Oil Spill

State of Emergency in California After a Major Oil Spill

California oil spill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Orange County with many beaches closed probably for months. The 127,000-gallon spill occurred from an Amplify Energy Pipeline about 5 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach in Orange County in federal waters. It is being described as one of the largest oil spills in California history.

“The state is moving to cut red tape and mobilize all available resources to protect public health and the environment,” Xinhua news agency quoted Newsom as saying in a statement. “As California continues to lead the nation in phasing out fossil fuels and combating the climate crisis, this incident serves as a reminder of the enormous cost fossil fuels have on our communities and the environment,” he noted.

Officials said Sunday afternoon that it appears the pipeline has stopped leaking. But Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said despite efforts to patch the damaged pipeline on Saturday, oil continued to spill from it through the night and divers were still working to repair it early Sunday.

According to the Governor,  the state will “hold accountable those responsible (for the spill) and clean up every drop of oil as quickly as possible.” The US Coast Guard has deployed boats and aircraft to assist in the cleanup. The California Coastal Commission has also started to clean up the state beaches, which were closed after the spill.

The oil pipeline company said last week’s oil spill at Huntington Beach will probably close several beaches along Southern California this summer. That means that if you wanted to swim or layout on one of those beaches this summer, you’re out of luck.

It’s unclear what caused the spill and how long oil was flowing out of the system.

By sunrise Sunday, oil had washed ashore in Huntington Beach with slicks visible in the ocean, prompting officials to close a stretch of sand from Seapoint Street to the Newport Beach city line at the Santa Ana River jetty. Dead birds and fish had begun to wash up on the shore, officials said.


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