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Southern California: Beaches to Reopen After Offshore Oil Spill

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October 11, 2021

Shoreline crews conduct cleanup operations on Huntington Beach, Calif., Oct. 4, 2021.   - Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Brahm 
U.S. Coast Guard District 11 PADET Los Angeles

Shoreline crews conduct cleanup operations on Huntington Beach, Calif., Oct. 4, 2021. - Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Brahm U.S. Coast Guard District 11 PADET Los Angeles

Beaches in a southern California city that were shut because of an oil spill last week are set to reopen on Monday morning, authorities said in a statement.

City and state beaches of Huntington Beach city will reopen as water quality testing showed no detectable amounts of oil associated toxins in ocean water, officials from the city and California State Parks said.

Last week, some 3,000 barrels (126,000 gallons) of crude oil spilled into the Pacific Ocean, killing wildlife, soiling the coastline and forcing officials to close beaches in the cities of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a vessel in Oakland, focusing on the possibility that a ship's anchor struck a pipeline and caused the oil spill, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Authorities will test the water for at least the next two weeks to monitor for toxins, according to the statement.

Huntington Beach, which advertises itself as Surf City USA, is one of the rare places in Southern California where oil platforms are visible from the shore. 

(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru)


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