Major Oil Spill Closes OC Beaches

A 126,000-gallon oil spill from an offshore rig – the largest spill in Orange County in three decades – led to major ecological damage in Huntington Beach over the weekend, prompting officials to close beaches that could remain off-limits for weeks or months.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Steel (R-48), whose district includes Huntington and Newport beaches and other coastal cities, said she asked President Biden on Sunday to approve disaster relief.

The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the response to the spill, which covers about 5.8 nautical miles between the Huntington Beach Pier and Newport Beach. The oil emanated from a facility operated by Beta Offshore, and likely was caused by a pipeline leak.

The City of Huntington Beach canceled the third day of the Pacific Airshow on Sunday to facilitate cleanup and reduce health impacts. By afternoon, all city and state beaches south of Seapoint to the Santa Ana River jetty were closed. Newport Beach later closed beaches at the waterline. And Laguna Beach announced that all city beaches would close at 9 p.m. Sunday. The city asked that people pay close attention to closure or warning signs posted at or near beach areas. …

Read the full article from the OC Register.


  1. Why are we even drilling offshore?

    There is approximately 2 billion barrels offshore Santa Barbara that are discovered, estimated and producible, but subject to state and federal moratoria on production. The larger reserves are within 7 miles of the coast. This number is significant in that, with recently proven slant-drilling technology, formations within 7 miles of shore are accessible mostly from land-based slant drilling, with NO offshore spill risk.

  2. Bogiewheel says

    I think what we are discussing, really, is slant political oversite.

    I lived in Santa Barbara when oil platform “A” blew in 1969, it was the catalyst used by the “clean-air and
    forest preservation “group that started the whole war on petroleum in the State.

  3. The historic issue of oil in the channel is produced by nature.

    The drilling and use of the product (oil and gas) prevented close to 100% of the oil seeps and gas.

    When I was a kid you went to the beach from Seal Beach to Conception and took gasoline or paint thinner to clean your feet and hands from the oil on every beach.

    This is Chicken Little the Sky is Falling news. If the environmentalists truly want a “natural environment” they would allow oil to be in the ocean daily. But what the heck this is not the “politically correct” view of nature.

    Gee kind of like Brown, Neswom, the Environmental Defense Center and the Sierra Club fighting against forest thinning and rational fire management.

    How does it feel to be a radical Democrat that has changed the environment so radically that it does not resemble anything close to “nature.”??????

    Stupid is as stupid does. How many birds, fish, etc. died each year by oil before oil drilling?

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