California oil spill may close beaches for months
One of the largest oil spills in recent California history has contaminated a swath of popular beaches south of Long Beach, including Huntington Beach.
Driving the news: The spill of as many as 126,000 gallons of crude oil, which is thought to have emanated from a leaking pipeline about 4.5 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach, was detected Saturday.
The latest: Oil began washing up on beaches by early Sunday, and closures may expand and last for months.
- As of Sunday evening, 3,150 gallons of oil have been recovered from the spill area, the Coast Guard said.
- The pipeline from which it leaked has been shut off, Martyn Willsher, CEO of Houston-based Amplify Energy Corp., which owns the pipeline, told the AP.
- The leaking pipeline connects to oil production and drilling platforms, the AP reports, both of which are in federal waters.
- The full scope of wildlife impacts is not yet fully known.
- For some residents, the spill is just another reminder of how California is ground zero for climate change.
- Wildfire photographer Stuart Palley captured this in an Instagram post: "The forests of my childhood have burned, and now the beaches from youth are covered in oil."