Crews Work to Contain California Oil Spill

Rescue crews are working to control a major oil spill that spewed crude off the Orange County coast on Sunday, October 3, which killed fish and birds and left potential damage to local wetlands.

At least 126,000 gallons of crude oil from a pipeline connected to the offshore oil platform, contaminating waters of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. The oil spill spread to the 25-acre Talbert Marsh reserve, which houses different species of birds.

Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said that divers were still working out a repair to pipeline, as oil continued to leak through the night.

Huntington Beach mayor Kim Carr said that the city immediately took charge to mitigate the flow of oil in the wetlands and some adjacent areas.

Carr said, “We didn’t wait for the coast guard. We got on it and we were able to lay down over 2,000 feet of boom to protect our wetlands.” She said that she is confident that the city will be able to restore the beach and the wetlands to its original state.

Carr added that the U.S. Coast Guard will lead investigations to identify what caused the pipeline to burst.

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