A ruptured pipeline led to approximately 126,000 gallons of oil spilling into Pacific Ocean waters near Orange County, prompting Southern California officials to rush to contain damage in one of the largest oil spills in recent memory.
The spill reached Huntington Beach on Saturday, 5 miles offshore. According to Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, the teams were able to remove more than 3,000 gallons of oil from the coast on Sunday.
Oil-damaged wildlife was still emerging as dead birds and fish were washed ashore. Efforts were underway to prevent the spill from affecting more sensitive marshy areas. “We hope to have minimal impact, but we are preparing for the worst,” Christian Corbo, a lieutenant with the California Department of Wildlife, said in a public statement.
Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Calif., sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Sunday requesting a major disaster declaration for Orange County, noting that government resources will be “imperative” for a “swift recovery”.
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He wrote to the president: “Officials are already responding to protect marine life. Dead fish and birds are already being reported on beaches and shorelines. I am seriously concerned about the environmental impacts of the spill and applaud the workers who are doing their best to prevent oil from hitting sensitive wetlands. ”
From ocean water workers setting up barriers to black bird houses to goop-clogged waterways, here’s a look at the most devastating images of the disastrous oil spill:
Contribution: John Bacon
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