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Oil spill off coast of Southern California leaves dead fish and birds

Boats helping clean up an oil spill are seen from the shore in Huntington Beach, California on October 3, 2021.

A massive oil spill off the coast of Southern California fouled beaches and forced cancellation of a popular air show as authorities raced to minimize the ecological damage.

Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley tweeted Sunday that oil had begun washing ashore in Huntington Beach, 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Foley blamed a pipeline breach linked to an oil rig about 5 miles off the coast.

Location of oil rig Elly in Orange County oil spill.

“We’ve started to find dead birds & fish washing up on the shore,” she tweeted. 

Huntington Beach Police spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said 126,000 gallons of oil had created a spill almost 6 nautical miles long. Carrey warned of “substantial ecological impacts” for the beach and wetlands. About 4 miles of coastline were closed to the public.

“Due to the toxicity of the spill, the city is asking that all individuals remain clear of the beach and avoid coming into contact with oiled areas,” she said in a statement.

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