California’s Huntington Beach Reopens Following Oil Spill

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Beach-goers are encouraged to avoid areas where they can smell the oil.

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Workers at Amplify Energy in Houston saw oil in the water by an oil-processing plant off the coast of Huntington Beach two weeks ago. The underwater oil spill, which was likely caused by a 13-inch split in an underwater pipeline, occurred about 5 miles off the coast of the beach, and washed up dead wildlife near Huntington and Newport beaches.

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The US Coast Guard has said preliminary findings estimated 24,696 gallons of oil and a “worst-case discharge” of 131,000 gallons were released from a pipeline during the spill. The investigation into the cause is ongoing.

According to the Unified Command, more than 5,500 gallons of crude oil have been recovered. It warned that visitors to beaches in San Diego and Orange counties could come across tarballs and encouraged people to report any sightings to authorities. The Unified Command said 13.6 barrels of tar balls were recovered on Saturday.

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Write to Allison Prang at [email protected]

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