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The California AG’s office will investigate the OC oil leak. Huntington Beach reopens

The California Department of Justice is investigating a pipeline explosion this month that spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil off the coast of Huntington Beach.

State Attorney General Rob Bonta said News in progress.

Bonta and Alex Pedilla of San California visited Orange County on Monday to brief them on the outbreak and the emergency response. The pedal is. Demand for abolition of foreign drilling in federal waters.

“The trade-off between oil production and environmental damage is not the only one we should not do further, especially given how fossil fuel emissions are exacerbating the environmental crisis,” he said in a statement. “Already, this oil has penetrated into environmentally sensitive wetlands, endangering birds and other wildlife, and forcing the closure of beaches, which are the economic engine of entire communities.”

After more than a week off, surfers and swimmers returned to the waves at Huntington Beach on Monday. The reopening came much sooner than expected when a foul odor engulfed the beach and washed up crude oil spots on the beach.

City and State Park officials decided to reopen Huntington Beach beach when water quality tests showed no toxic oil levels in the ocean. 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.

City spokesman John Pope said the coastal strip at nearby Newport Beach was reopened Monday after water quality tests revealed unhealthy levels of oil-related toxic substances.

In Huntington Beach, the sand near the pier was clear and smelly 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 Sail Beach, said he was happy to be back on the waves at Huntington Beach with other surfers early in the 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.”

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.

In Huntington Beach, shops selling everything from bikinis to star and striped boogie boards have taken an economic hit since the expansion. Shop owners hope the business returns quickly, but fear it could take longer.

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 from 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.

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