December 7, 2022

Orange County beaches closed after oil spill off California coast destroys wildlife habitat

About five miles off Huntington Beach in Orange County, the breach was the equivalent of an estimated 3,000 barrels — or 126,000 gallons — of post-production crude oil, local officials said.

Divers have been inspecting the 17-mile pipeline in hopes of finding the exact source for the leak, but the leak appears to have stopped, officials said at a news conference Sunday.

One of the Orange District Health Officers Advice Asking residents to avoid recreational activities on the beach and those facing oil is recommended to seek medical attention.
Laguna Beach City Announced All beaches will be closed to the public at 9pm on Sunday evening, while Newport Beach has released a release. Advice Warns people to avoid contact with coastal areas affected by seawater and oil.

Parts of the beach at Huntington Beach were closed Saturday, with Mayor Kim Carr describing Sunday’s leak as a “potential environmental disaster.”

“In a year, it is filled with incredibly challenging issues, and this oil spill is one of the most devastating situations our community has handled in decades,” Carr said. “We do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our residents, our visitors and our natural habitats.”

Orange County Superintendent Katrina Foley said the dead birds and fish were washed ashore Sunday.

“The oil seeped all over (Dolbert) Wetlands. There is significant damage to the wildlife there, “he said.” These are wetlands, we are working with military engineers, with the Land Foundation, with all community and wildlife partners to ensure the creation of this beautiful, natural habitat. Decades. Now one day, it is completely destroyed. ”

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said Sunday night that 3,000 gallons of oil had been removed from the water.

“Approximately 3,150 gallons of oil have been recovered from the water and 5,360 feet of embankment has been used,” the USCG said. News release.

“Fourteen boats carried out oil recovery operations on Sunday afternoon … four planes were sent for over-flight assessment. The coastal response was conducted by 105 government agency employees,” the USCG said.

A cleaning team near Huntington State Beach in California.

The cause of the leak is under investigation

The pipeline is owned by a Houston-based oil and gas company Increase energyIts chairman and CEO, Martin Wilsher, told a news conference Sunday afternoon.

Wilsher said the company is working with a number of local, state and federal agencies on recovery efforts.

“Our staff live and work in these communities, and we are all deeply affected and concerned about the impact not only on the environment, but also on fish and wildlife,” Wilsher said. “We will do everything we can to ensure this is recovered as soon as possible. We will not do that until it is over.”

Wilsher said when Coast Guard personnel checked the line Saturday morning, they noticed a gleam in the water.

On Sunday, October 3, cleaning contractors use skimmers and booms to prevent further oil crude infiltration into Wetlands Dolbert Marsh on Huntington Beach, California.

Wilsher said the Billion operating facilities were built in the late 1970s and early 1980s and are inspected every year, including during the epidemic.

“The pipe is sucked in at both ends to expel the extra crude,” Wilsher said, adding that he did not expect more oil to be released.

The cause of the leak is unknown.

Eric Login, public information officer for the California Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, told a news conference Sunday, “We are still searching for and evaluating the source. There does not appear to be a fuel leak, but we are still working to identify it.”

On Sunday, October 3, contractors used skimmers and booms to prevent oil from entering Wetlands Dolbert Marsh on Huntington Beach, California.

The Federal Security and Environmental Enforcement Agency (BSEE) told CNN that the USCG-led response to the oil spill would help.

In a statement on Sunday, BSEE said its role was to “identify the location and source of any leaks and provide technical assistance to the integrated command in preventing leaks.”

National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) Said on Twitter on Sunday It sent investigators to gather information and assess the source of the oil spill.
October 3 A man stands near washed oil on Huntington State Beach in California.

Implications for human health

At the health consultation, Dr Clayton Chaw, county health officer at the Orange County Health Care Agency, said the effects of exposure to the oil would vary and anyone experiencing adverse symptoms should contact their doctor.

“Even if an oil lubrication is not visible, dissolved and dissolved oil contaminants may be present in the water,” Chaw said.

Skin, eye, nose and throat irritation, headache, dizziness, vomiting or shortness of breath may be symptoms of overexposure to oil or spills, the company said.

“Inhalation of toxic oil vapor or other aerosolized oil mixture particles from wind waves can cause these side effects. The elderly, children and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma are more likely to have adverse side effects from inhaling oil vapor,” the company said.

CNN’s Sonnet Swire, Claudia Dominguez and Cherie Mosberg contributed to the report.