Southern California Beaches Are Off-Limits In Large Swath Thanks To Oil Spill

Oil is shown washed up in Huntington Beach, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. One of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands. At least 126,000 gallons (572,807 liters) of oil spilled into the waters off Orange County, according to a statement from the city of Huntington Beach. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) AP

As regional temperatures soar near 100 degrees, officials have closed off a large swath of Southern California’s famous beaches, as an oil spill slowly leaks into surrounding waters and some land.

A pipeline leak is believed to be the cause of an oil spill, The Los Angeles Times reported. The leak was first noticed on Saturday, and now extends for 13 miles in the ocean off the coast of the wealthy communities of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

Swimming is obviously off-limits in the affected areas, and beaches are closed in many locations.

The leak came from a pipeline owned by Beta Offshore, a Southern California oil producer. They first noticed the problem around noon on Saturday and shut down the pipeline soon after. Crews also used pressurized equipment to retrieve oil, KABC reported.

TheCoast Guard and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife are among the responders working on the situation.

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