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Huntington Beach Oil Spill


Last Saturday there was a huge oil spill from the Elly oil platform off the coast of California. It is estimated that about 128,000 gallons of oil were leaked and on Sunday morning this oil began to show up on the shores of Huntington Beach. Even Huntington Beach residents expressed their concerns by stopping by the beach despite it being closed.


Some residents say that there was oil all along the shore and even globs of oil were coming up from the water. The oil has even reached Talbert Marsh which is an ecological reserve that spans 25 acres. This ecological reserve is home to many species of birds that are quite rare here in California and experts believe that this could cause tremendous damage to these bird species.


The slick spread across 8,320 acres but officials say that the oil pipes are not leaking anymore. Workers are trying to stop the spread of this oil into sensitive areas by placing floating barriers called booms.


The Pacific Marine Mammal Center stated that they will be taking in any seals or sea lions that may need their help and larger mammals like whales and dolphins will be taken to SeaWorld San Diego for their bigger tanks. Experts also say that they won’t see the full effects of the oil slick until a few days after and it is expected that there will be a negative impact on the nearby ecosystem.


A representative from Orange County has written a letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal assistance and declaring this a major disaster. Orange County Supervisor, Katrina Foley, says that this operation of containing the oil will be a 24/7 operation in order to try to preserve as much of the natural environment as possible.


33 comments

33 Comments


Yan Victor Oyama
Yan Victor Oyama
May 17, 2022

Since our oceans create half of the world's oxygen and absorb 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere, it's critical to keep them clean and free of oil spills, both for the benefit of the species that lives there and for us as humans who are all affected by this problem. I'm worried about the marine wildlife since Huntington Beach has a lot of life, and the oil leak will kill many species. To ensure that this does not happen again, I believe that all oil pipelines that pass through any form of wild life should be monitored periodically.

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Sonia Rico-Pineda
Sonia Rico-Pineda
Oct 06, 2021

This news is extremely sad to hear I hope that very little to none of the marine life is harmed due to this oil spill. I am glad thought they are doing many things to help and prevent the spread and event went as far as to write for help to the president joe Biden.

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Hannah Ortiz
Hannah Ortiz
Oct 05, 2021

I think this is awful since we have Sea life in the ocean hopefully not affected by this and hopefully will not experience any defects

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Rodrigo Ramirez
Rodrigo Ramirez
Oct 05, 2021

I am very saddened to hear this news. I was completely unaware of this tragic event until I read this article. I hope that the marine biome will be conserved as much as possible. However, the consequences will most definitely be awful.

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Arthur Sanchez
Arthur Sanchez
Oct 05, 2021

This oil is horrible for the environment due to it just not harming the fish in the ocean but also being a waste of oil.

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