UPDATE (2:05 p.m.): Crude is no longer leaking from a Southern California pipeline that’s believed to be the source of a massive oil spill that closed miles of beaches on Sunday.
Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher says Sunday that divers are still trying to determine exactly where the spill happened, but the pipeline has been shut off.
Officials said Saturday that at least 126,000 gallons of oil spilled into the waters off Orange County. Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said the city’s beaches could remain closed for weeks or even months.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A major oil spill off the coast of Southern California fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands.
A statement from the city of Huntington Beach says at least 126,000 gallons of oil spilled into the waters off Orange County.
The Los Angeles Times reports birds and fish have been killed. Crews have deployed skimmers and booms to try to corral the slick.
The coastline is closed from the Huntington Beach Pier nearly 4 miles south to the Santa Ana River jetty.