No Surfing In The Place That Invented Surfing. Devastating Oil Spill Off The Coast Of So Cal Closes Iconic Beaches.

Oil washed up on Huntington Beach, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. A major oil spill off the coast of Southern California fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

It looks like a Houston company called Amplify Energy is responsible for a disaster in Southern California. 

So far over 126,000 gallons of crude oil created an oil slick that stretched 13-square miles off the coast of Huntington Beach in Orange County. 

The cause according to officials is a breach in a pipeline where the leak started.  The equivalent of over 3,000 barrels has spilled into the ocean and there is no official word that it has been capped. 

This area is home to some of the most popular and famous beaches in So Cal, including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and possibly Laguna Beach. 

These iconic beaches could be closed for weeks and maybe even months. Dead birds and fish are turning up dead and drenched in oil sludge as they drift to shore. 

Over 105 Coast Guard workers were deployed to help minimize the environmental damage.  

The pipeline and operations at three offshore platforms that were owned by Amplify Energy of Houston have been shut down. 

This is the home to surfing in the U.S., and could be a devastating blow to beach communities already pummeled by lockdowns from the pandemic.  Here’s what Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr had to say. 

“In a year that has been filled with incredibly challenging issues this oil spill constitutes one of the most devastating situations that our community has dealt with in decades. We are doing everything in our power to protect the health and safety of our residents, our visitors and our natural habitats.”

Currently all of Huntington Beach is closed, and the final day of the Pacific Air Show that draws tens of thousands of viewers had to be cancelled. 

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