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Crews work to clean up massive oil spill off Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, Calif. Oil spills continue in Orange County, efforts are on to clean up contaminants as wildlife is threatened and visitors are forbidden from entering the water until further notice, officials said on October 4.

The US Coast Guard told The Epoch Times at a news conference in Huntington Beach on Monday afternoon that it was unclear when the sea would be completely cleared and visitors would be welcome back.

“It’s a process of continuous evaluation,” Coast Guard Capt. Rebecca Ore said. “It would be unfair to promise a timeline on beach openings and beach closures. We’re really counting on our public health professionals to make that assessment, but I’ll say for the time being, as we continue to see oil coming ashore, that the beaches that are closed will probably remain closed. are the ones. “

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Cleanup efforts are underway for an Orange County beach oil spill on October 4, 2021 in Huntington Beach, Calif. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

The spill was likely caused by a pipeline leak from a facility operated by Amplify Energy about five miles off the coast, officials said—a leak that released about 127,000 gallons of oil into the ocean, resulting in three marine The birds were in critical condition and one died.

According to Amplify Energy President and CEO Martin Wilsher, his company is sending scuba divers down to examine the pipeline using remotely operated vehicles to assess the cause of the leak.

The investigation began on Sunday afternoon, resulting in an investigation of more than 8,000 feet of pipe with insight into the potential culprit.

“We have isolated a specific area of ​​significant interest,” Wilser said. “I wanted the divers to go down in that area before making any further comments. They will land there this afternoon.”

Wilser acknowledged comments about the issue stemming from the ship’s moorings but declined to comment until further replies have been through the investigation.

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Cleanup efforts are underway for an Orange County beach oil spill on October 4, 2021 in Huntington Beach, Calif. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

In the midst of taking responsibility for the leakage, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer questioned the legality of allowing the responsible party to conduct a private investigation.

“They indicated today that their divers are going down and trying to determine the location of the pipeline rupture,” Spitzer said during a press conference on October 4. “The company should not be responsible for requiring its own investigation with regard to the hundreds of millions of dollars of destruction it has done to our environment and our economy. We are going to feel the effects of this oil spill for generations.

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“They shouldn’t be able to go anywhere near that pipeline. They’re biased. They’re selfish, and they’re going to do everything possible to try to minimize their losses.”

The US Coast Guard first received information about the spill at around 12 p.m. Saturday, which will result in the cancellation of the last day of the Pacific Airshow in Huntington Beach on Sunday.

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Cleanup efforts are underway for an Orange County beach oil spill on October 4, 2021 in Huntington Beach, Calif. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

The spill began with the Ally platform that currently continues to extract oil from the Beta field, of which Amplify Energy Corp. is a parent company. Elly is one of 23 oil and gas platforms in Southern California on the coast and receives oil from two other nearby platforms, accounting for a total of 70 oil wells.

The likely source of the leak is approximately 4.5 miles along a 17-mile pipeline where the oil is transported to a refinery.

Ore said that by Monday afternoon, the leak has spread to Dana Point and is expected to move further south. A fleet of boats along with shoreline assessment teams have been dispatched along the coast to contain the leak.

Orange County Chief Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chow issued an advisory after the leak urging residents who have been exposed to the oil spill to seek medical help.

“The impact of an oil spill on humans can be direct and indirect, depending on the type of exposure to the oil spill,” Chou said in a statement. “People may come into direct contact with oil and/or oil products while walking in a contaminated area (eg, a beach). An initial burning sensation will clear … Please contact your family physician or call 911 if you are experiencing adverse symptoms.”

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Cleanup efforts are underway for an Orange County beach oil spill on October 4, 2021 in Huntington Beach, Calif. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)
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