Authorities Rush to Protect Wetlands as Oil Spill Washes Up on Huntington Beach, California

Orange County officials built sand barriers to protect wetlands from an oil spill that was seen washing up on Huntington Beach on October 3.

The United States Coast Guard was working to contain the spill off Newport Beach and had reported collecting 3,150 gallons of oil on Sunday.

A local conservation group reported professional crews were working at “full speed” to clean the oil from wetlands. The spill also forced the fishery closure for the affected coastal area.

An investigation into the cause of the spill was ongoing, the Coast Guard said.

These videos show the oil washing up on the shores of Huntington Beach. A timelapse video taken at the Talbert Channel shows oil flowing into the waterway prior to the sand berm’s construction. Credit: bigwavebill1/portsidesurvey via Storyful

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