The Orange County city of Huntington Beach, Calif., closed much of its ocean and shoreline this weekend to tend to cleanup efforts for an approximate six-nautical mile spill that has resulted in toxic oil along the beaches and some wetlands. The shoreline between the Santa Ana River Jetty and Seapoint St. remains closed, and it's still unclear how long that will be in effect, according to city officials.
The company responsible for the underwater pipeline's spill, Beta Offshore, is working on the cleanup effort, which is being led by the Coast Guard. Beta Offshore is a California subsidiary of Houston-based Amplify Energy Corp.
"Here in Huntington Beach, our local response efforts have been focused on two main priorities: protecting the health and safety of our residents and visitors, and preventing an ecological disaster by mitigating the oil spill impacts on our precious coastline and wetlands," reads a statement from the city.
Huntington Beach crews have laid more than 2,000 feet of protective booms at seven locations along the coastline, and local teams are working in concert to support the cleanup and recovery efforts. "Unfortunately, we are starting to see oil-covered fish and birds washing up along our coastline," reads the statement.
For opportunities to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts, visit the Surfrider Foundation and HB Wetlands & Wildlife websites.
The city also provided the following contact numbers:
- Health-related questions: Orange County Health Care Agency, (714) 834-2000
- General oil-spill inquiries: Huntington Beach Oil Spill Hotline, (714) 374-1702
- Wildlife concerns: Oiled Wildlife Care Network, (877) 823-6926