Major Oil Spill in Pacific Ocean Closes Famous California Beaches

SwellBrains |
oil spill, california, Huntington Beach
Oil washing up on southern California’s beaches. Credit: Post Online Media

A pipeline leak five miles off the coast of California has spilled more than 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean, resulting in the closure of a number of the state’s famous beaches.

13-miles of shoreline have been affected, with legendary surf spots Huntington Beach and Newport Beach both closed. Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said the beaches could remain closed for weeks or even months.

The annual Pacific Air Show, which usually attracts thousands of spectators to Huntington Beach, was canceled.

The impact on wildlife was immediately evident, with dead birds and fish washing ashore. The Coast Guard and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife are working to prevent it from pushing inland and polluting fragile wetland environments.

“We already have reports of dolphins being seen swimming through the oil slick. They can’t get away from it quickly. And now it has reached land. This is a toxic spill. And many, many animals are going to die. And many more than we can count, because they will occur at sea.”

– Heal the Bay CEO Dr. Shelley Luce told KTLA

oil spill, Pacific Ocean, california,
Oil in the Pacific Ocean. Credit:

The leak came from a pipeline owned by Beta Operating Company, a Southern California oil producer. They first noticed the problem around noon on Saturday and shut down the pipeline soon after. Crews also used pressurized equipment to retrieve oil, KABC reported.

Orange County Health Care Agency warned the public about the dangers of being near the coastline, with toxic fumes that can cause vomiting, dizziness, and irritation to the nose, eyes, and throat. If touched, toxic sludge could be absorbed by the skin and cause irritation.

The public is being asked not to approach potentially affected wildlife, as “they can cause more harm than good to the animals,” but instead call the UC Davis Oiled Wildlife Care Network at (877) 823-6926.

“Members of the public should avoid the oiled shoreline, as the area is unsafe and should be cleaned only by trained contractors.”

– Eric Laughlin, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The spill is California’s largest since 2015 when a ruptured pipeline north of Santa Barbara sent 143,000 gallons of crude oil onto Refugio State Beach.

Huntington Beach, California, oil spill
Huntington Beach, CA

Related Articles

One thought on “Major Oil Spill in Pacific Ocean Closes Famous California Beaches

  1. Major oil spill linked to historic # of ships anchored waiting to get into LA Port. A ship at anchor was pulled by ocean currents and dragged its anchor across the pipeline breaking it and pulling it 100′.

    Supply chain issues linked to government pumping too much stimulus money into the economy and too many workers paid to sit at home and do nothing. Same government actions is what is causing the 40 year high inflation rates. Hopefully it doesn’t spiral into uncontrollable inflation which has a history of destroying economies and creating widespread poverty.

Got an opinion? Let us know...