October 3 (WNN) — A major oil spill has dumped about 126,000 gallons of post-production crude off the coast of Southern California.
The City of Huntington Beach said the spill spanned approximately 5.8 nautical miles stretching from the Huntington Beach Pier to Newport Beach, leading to a sea closure from the Pier to the Santa Ana River Wharf.
“The spill has significantly affected Huntington Beach, with substantial ecological impacts occurring on the beach and on the Huntington Beach wetlands,” the city said. “In response, Huntington Beach Fire and Marine Security personnel have been deployed throughout the day to enforce environmental control efforts.”
The US Coast Guard said an oil flash was reported off the coast at 9:10 a.m. Saturday.
As of Sunday morning, city officials said the leak had yet to be stopped, but preliminary patching to repair the oil spill site had been completed as the US Coast Guard continues to respond to the incident.
The city also urged people to avoid the beach because of “poisoning created by the spill,” and city leadership canceled the Pacific Airshow, which was scheduled for Sunday to facilitate cleanup efforts.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley tweeted that Oil was spilled on the Huntington Beach beach and dead birds and fish have been seen washing up on the shore.
Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said Coast Guard information indicated the leak may have been the result of oil spills from an offshore oil production off the coast, CNN reported.
No exact cause of the leak has been determined and the Coast Guard is investigating.