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US officials investigate oil spill off California coast

US officials investigate oil spill off California coast

The US Coast Guard is investigating a four-kilometer-long oil slick off the coast of California, officials said Friday (8).

The location is less than five kilometers from Huntington Beach, south of Los Angeles. The Coast Guard said it was contacting “all potential sources of spills in the area.”

The slick is close to two oil platforms. Officials who first spotted it last night thought it was waste at first. A flight over the area this morning revealed that it was oil.

The Coast Guard has commissioned a system to respond to spills on the high seas, and is working to identify the potential impact on coastal and environmental protection strategies.

The Municipality of Huntington Beach said it is assessing the situation on the beach. About 20 oil and gas platforms operate in federal waters off the coast.

In 2021, another spill occurred in the area, releasing about 25,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean, contaminating 15 miles of coastline between Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach.

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