DEAD animals are washing up with fish and dolphins, as 126k gallons of oil are flowing off the coast of Southern California to Huntington Beach.
Orange County Observer, Oil Spill Already Affecting Wildlife With Dead Birds and Fish Washing Up on Beaches Katrina Foley tweeted on Sunday.
He described the damage to the Talbert Wetlands as “significant”.
Newport Beach Mayor Brad Avery told Foley that he saw dolphins swim through the slick oil plume on his way back to shore from Catalina, he also wrote.
Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr says the leak was about four-and-a-half miles off the coast and is believed to contain about 3,000 barrels of oil, or 126,000 gallons.
The US Coast Guard was informed of the spill california The oil had reached the shore around 9 am on Saturday morning and by Sunday morning.
It entered the Talbert Marshlands and Santa Ana River Trail, which spans an area of approximately 5.8 miles, the city of Huntington Beach announced in a press release Sunday morning.
Animal rescuers told ABC News that the marine animals would be taken to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, where they would be triaged and later sent to SeaWorld San Diego for rehabilitation.
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is currently in a “holding pattern” as it awaits the arrival of the oiled animals over the next hours, days and weeks, explained Krista Higuchi, the organization’s communications representative. ABC News.
The center is “preparing for the worst, hoping for the best,” Higuchi said.
Ocean conservation non-profit Oceana urged policy makers to initiate a sweeping shift to clean energy and end offshore drilling to prevent future spills.
“This is the oil industry’s latest tragedy,” said chief policy officer Jacqueline Savitz.
“The reality of our dependence on oil and gas is on full display here.”
The size of the spill called for “prompt and aggressive action,” officials said, but the pipeline has been clogged and is no longer leaking into the ocean.
Skimming equipment and booms have been deployed to stop oil from flowing into the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and Huntington Beach wetlands and clarify what caused the spill, according to the city.
Residents were advised not to swim, surf or exercise near the beach due to potential health hazards such as toxic fumes.
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Saturday’s leak is the latest in US waters this past month.
After Hurricane Ida ripped through the Gulf Coast in early September, leaving a trail of oil in its wake, approximately 350 oil spills were reported to the Coast Guard in the days following the storm’s arrival.
And an analysis by the organization also found that ending new leases for offshore oil and gas in the US would result in more than 19 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions as well as damage to people, property and the environment in the country. More than $72 billion could be prevented.
The California Department of Wildlife has set up a hotline to report wildlife affected by the oil.
Individuals are advised not to handle wildlife but to report incidents at 877-823-6926.