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Oil spilled for miles in the Pacific off the coast of California on Saturday and was expected to reach some beaches in Southern California, according to reports.

Los Angeles-based KCBS-TV reported that about 3,000 barrels of crude oil were estimated to have fallen from Platform Alley. The offshore rig is operated by Beta Offshore, the Long Beach, California-based unit of Houston-based Amplify Energy Corp. According to the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.


The reason for the leak was not immediately known.

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In Huntington Beach, Orange County, south of Los Angeles, city officials said Saturday night they had closed sea water access from the Santa Ana River Wharf to the city’s pier, the Orange County Register reported. Told.

In a news conference Saturday night, Huntington Beach officials advised residents to stay out of the water as crews respond to the spill, KCBS told.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed on social media that cleanup contractors are being mobilized. The state’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) was also involved in the efforts.

According to the newspaper, in Newport Beach, officials hoped to reach the slick coast between Balboa Pier and Corona del Mar Main Beach by late Saturday.

Some of the oil was believed to have reached the Talbert Marsh, an ecological reserve in the field, KCBS reported.

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Earlier in the day, US Coast Guard officials said personnel were responding to an oil slick about 11 miles from Huntington Beach, Register reported.