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A warning sign for an oil spill in Huntington Beach. Photo: Sefa Degirmenci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The time it took for authorities to respond to one of the biggest oil spills in California history is being questioned by some residents, business owners, environmentalists and others, AP reports.

Why it matters: An estimated 126,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into the water in Huntington Beach in Orange County. The spill, which threatens wildlife, could keep area beaches closed for months, per Axios' Andrew Freedman.

The big picture: People in the area noticed an oil sheen and heavy petroleum smell on Friday evening, per AP. Rick Torgerson, owner of Blue Star Yacht Charter, told AP that on Friday evening, “people were emailing, and the neighbors were asking, ‘Do you smell that?'"

  • The Coast Guard announced Saturday afternoon that an oil slick had been detected and a unified command was set up, AP notes.
  • "We were not aware of a leak on Friday night," Martyn Willsher, CEO of Amplify Energy, the company that owns the pipeline, said Monday.
  • "We were going during a line run on Saturday morning, which is when we detected the sheen," he added at a news conference.
  • The Coast Guard did not respond to Axios' request for comment.

What they're saying: “By the time it comes to the beach, it’s done tremendous damage," said Garry Brown, president of the environmental group Orange County Coastkeeper, according to AP. "Our frustration is, it could have been averted if there was a quick response.”

  • Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said, “We are doing everything in our power to protect the health and safety of our residents, our visitors and our natural habitats."

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A lot of discussion about oil companies' climate efforts compares U.S. and European majors, but a new report shows there's no strategic consensus in the wider industry.

Driving the news: Deloitte's analysis says separate approaches have emerged as companies prepare for long-term declines in demand in a world that will still likely use huge amounts of oil for decades.

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.