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California’s ‘Surf City USA’ Huntington Beach reopens after oil spill

Huntington BeachCALIFORNIA (AP) – Surfers and swimmers returned to the waves on Monday on a popular Southern California beach that remained closed for more than a week after a pipeline crude oil leaked into the sea.

To reopen Huntington Beach. Named after “Surf City USA” – sooner than many people expected, a foul odor filled the beach with dust and washed up crude oil spots on the beach.

City and state park officials decided to reopen the beach. Huntington Beach. The level of toxic oil in the sea could not be ascertained after the water quality test. This was great for 54-year-old commercial photographer Andrew Buick, who usually surfs the waves in his hometown three or four times a week but stays out since the outbreak.

“There are a lot of guys out there, so I think that’s probably fine, and I guess they’ve tried it,” Boyak said, washing out on the beach at the beach.

“It’s an exercise. That’s it, you know, if there was a jogger or someone else. We surf every morning.

This surf-loving city of 200,000 people and nearby coastal communities are worried about the spread. The sea has been closed, a popular air show has been canceled, fishing has been stopped and local shops have been walled off. Environmental impacts on sensitive wetland habitats have been less severe than initially feared, but lawyers say they are concerned about the long-term effects of the outbreak.

Coast Guard officials say a Houston-based Amplify Energy-owned pipeline that shuts off crude oil from offshore platforms does not release at least 25,000 gallons and more than 132,000 gallons of crude into the sea. ۔

The outbreak was confirmed on October 2, a day after the smell of petroleum in the area. Officials say the cause is still under investigation and believe the pipeline may have been broken by the ship’s anchor several months to a year ago.

On a cloudy Monday, a handful of people played volleyball and walked, ran, and rode their bikes along the residential beach. Wet suit surfers wake up on the beach with their planks, eager to return to the waves, some are escorted by lifeguards on jet skis over the weekend.

Still, there were far fewer people at sea, said Sean Renhart, a 49-year-old surf instructor and chef. Huntington Beach.. Ren Hart went surfing but said he decided not to go in after smelling dead fish near the pier. The last time he surfed was on October 2, when he said he was injured in an oil spill. “Her skin is still itchy,” he said.

“I want to go in, but there’s no way,” he said.

I Huntington Beach.The shops sell everything from bikinis to star and striped boogie boards to sand toys and fishing equipment. Shop owners hope the business returns quickly, but fear it could take longer.

Other nearby beaches are closed. City spokesman John Pope said the coastal strip south of Newport Beach was closed Monday pending the results of a water quality test.

I Huntington Beach.The sand near the pier was clear and there was no smell of oil. Workers in the Hazmat suit were tasked with removing the oil bulbs.

Matt Harty, a 61-year-old retired construction supervisor from a community close to Sell Beach, said he was happy to be back in the waves. Huntington Beach. The next morning. He said he had seen the oil spill before and it didn’t look so bad, and in fact, the beach looked great.

“I’ve seen the cleanest beach in years, because no one has been here for a week,” Harty said. “I think they cleaned it up very well.”

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