State authorities estimated on Sunday (3) that an oil pipeline cut, Saturday (2), dumped about 474 thousand liters of oil off the coast of California (3).
Oil buildup on a California beach after the October 3, 2021 oil spill Photo: Ringo HW Chiu/AP
According to the US state government, more than 3,000 barrels of oil – or 474,000 liters – already cover an area of 33 square meters in the Pacific Ocean with oil.
The area hardest hit by the spill is the city of Huntington Beach, located about 40 miles south of Los Angeles.
Map shows Huntington Beach, the city worst affected by the oil spill off the coast of California – Photo: G1 World
Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr described the incident as an “environmental disaster” and described it as a “potential environmental disaster.”
“The wetland area is being devastated and parts of our coast are now covered in oil,” Carr told a news conference.
The pipeline rupture killed the fish and birds that were scattered on the sand, as well as the oil-soaked algae.
US government officials clean up the beach after the October 3, 2021 oil spill Photo: Ringo HW Chiu/AP
The spill extends from Huntington Beach Pier to Newport Beach, a stretch of shoreline popular with surfers and sunbathers.
The US Coast Guard announced Sunday that it has opened an investigation into the possible causes of the leak.
An oil-covered beach in California on October 3, 2021 Photo: Ringo HW Chiu/AP
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has banned fisheries in coastal areas affected by the spill.
Republican Representative Michelle Steele sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting the release of federal funds to aid clean-up efforts.
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