U.S. – Major oil Spill hits Southern California
A major oil spill off the coast of Southern California has forced Huntington Beach and activities scheduled to take place in the vicinity to shut down.
Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said a leak from an offshore oil production facility leaked 3,000 barrels of oil, which is about 126,000 gallons, but on Monday night, state officials updated the possible oil spill amount to 144,000 gallons, which was worse than initially believed.
So far, wildlife experts have recovered four live oiled birds, one of which had to be euthanized. But, the extent of the ecological damage won’t be know for another associate of weeks. Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said that dead birds and fish were washing up on the shore.
The oil will likely continue to wash up on the shore in several communities for days, officials said. Mayor Kim Carr said the city’s beaches could keep closed for weeks or already months.
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