The mayor of Huntington Beach fears an environmental catastrophe after at least 570,000 liters leaked into the ocean and polluted the beaches of Orange County, California.
According to Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr, the oil spill occurred at 9 a.m. Saturday, he wrote. Times of San Diego. It is said to have originated from facilities operated by Beta Offshore, possibly from an oil pipeline leak, just eight kilometers from the coast.
according to NBC Beta Offshore operates three oil rigs in this area. So far, Beta Offshore has not responded to the news channel with inquiries.
Early on Sunday morning, the first oil slicks can be seen approaching the beaches at both Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
Newport Beach local politician Will O’Neill posted this on Instagram on Sunday:
Mayor Carr described the spill as a “potential environmental disaster,” and a press release from local authorities states that the oil spill hit Huntington Beach hard, with significant environmental consequences for beaches and wetlands around Huntington Beach.
Popular beaches in the area were quickly closed, and it was feared that the oil spill could overwhelm the rich bird and animal life along the damaged coast.
According to CNN Local authorities can already experience as early as Sunday that dead fish and birds washed ashore with oil. A major rescue operation has now been launched, including with booms, to prevent more oil from entering beaches and wetlands where it poses a serious threat to local fauna.
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