In Southern California, an oil pipeline ruptured off the coast of Huntington Beach Saturday, causing a massive spill that fouled beaches and wetlands with more than 125,000 gallons of oil. Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr called the disaster one of the most devastating situations faced by the community in decades.
Mayor Kim Carr: “The company responsible for this oil spill, which we understand to be Beta Offshore, a California subsidiary of Houston-based Amplify Energy Corporation, is working on the cleanup effort, as well. In the coming days and weeks, we challenge the responsible parties to do everything possible to rectify this environmental catastrophe.”
Dead birds and marine animals have begun washing ashore on Huntington Beach. The affected area includes an ecological reserve that’s home to dozens of bird species.