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LOS ANGELES— Officials in Southern California raced Sunday to limit damage from an oil spill that has been blamed on a broken pipeline leading to an offshore platform.

An estimated 126,000 gallons of heavy crude leaked into Orange County waters late Friday or early Saturday, when sailors reported flashes in the water, officials said. Pipelines and operations at three offshore platforms owned by Houston-based Amplify Energy Corp were shut down Saturday night, CEO Martin Wilser said.


Los Angeles Times informed of Sometime Friday, the Newport Beach Police Department in Orange County began receiving calls with a mysterious smell of oil in the air. About a day later, officials saw evidence of the spill.

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The report said the pipeline in question connected to a 41-year-old platform named Alley about eight miles off the coast. Huntington Beach—which was the site of the Pacific Airshow on Sunday—cancelled its final day due to beach conditions. kim carr, Huntington Beach Mayor, Granthshala 1. told1 that the spill could cause a “potential ecological disaster”.

Rep. Michelle Steele, R-Calif., sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Sunday requesting a major disaster declaration for Orange County, the report said.

“Officials are already responding to protect marine life. Dead fish and birds are already being reported on beaches and shorelines. I have serious concerns about the environmental impacts of the spill and those workers. Appreciate those who are doing their best to prevent oil from hitting sensitive wetlands,” she wrote.

A Huntington Beach statement said Beta Offshore, which is located in Long Beach, was blamed for the spill and is working with the Incident Management team on repair and cleanup efforts. oc register Identified Company as a subsidiary of Amplify Energy.

Wilser said that since the pipeline was sucked 80 to 100 feet below the surface, no more oil would spill as the location of the leak was being investigated. An email from Granthshala News was not immediately returned after an hour.

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Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said some birds and fish got trapped in the mud and died. But as of Saturday afternoon the US Coast Guard said so far there was only one ruddy duck that was covered in oil and receiving veterinary care. “Other reports of oil-fed wildlife are being investigated,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.