Oil Spill Spotted On Southern California Coast, Investigation Going On

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Authorities in California are currently on alert after an oil spill was spotted on the Southern California Coast. They are reportedly investigating a 2.5-mile (4km) long oil sheen that was discovered off the coast of Huntington Beach on Thursday evening.

The sheen, which emerged after dark on Thursday, was reported to the US Coast Guard as an “unknown substance.” Promptly, a team was dispatched via boat and helicopter at first light on Friday morning to investigate further, as stated in a Coast Guard statement.

Officials suspect the sheen could be the result of natural seepage rather than a crude oil spill. Federal and state teams have been deployed to the area to determine its source.

Oil spill spotted on Southern California Coast

Richard Brahm, a US Coast Guard petty officer, emphasized, “We are going all out to find out what this is because we don’t know what this is.” He clarified that, as far as they can tell, it does not appear to be a spill. The sheen was initially spotted approximately 1.5 miles (2.4km) from the shore of Huntington Beach.

However, later, it was shifted another mile from the coast. It was near two offshore oil platforms, although there were no reports of spills or leaks. Authorities suspect it could be a one-time discharge or natural seepage, which is common, as the sheen does not appear to have grown.

The discovery has fueled concerns in Huntington Beach, about 30 miles (48km) from Los Angeles. This is particularly true due to a 2021 leak in an offshore pipeline that spilt 25,000 gallons (95,000 litres) of oil.

This covered the shore in sticky black globules and killed wildlife. Amplify Energy Corp, the company that owned that pipeline, stated that there is “no indication” that the sheen is connected to its operations.

The governor’s office of emergency services has deployed teams to the area to assist the coast guard and other local personnel in their response. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating to determine whether the sheen is the result of a spill, as stated by state Senator Dave Min.

As of now, authorities have not spotted any oiled wildlife, and there are no beach closures in effect. However, the city of Huntington Beach reported receiving reports of tar balls on part of the shore.

Authorities continue to monitor the situation closely as investigations are ongoing. For now, everyone is concerned after the oil spill spotted on the Southern California Coast.

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