Huntington BeachCALIFORNIA (AP) – A beach in southern California that has been closed since last week’s crude oil spill is set to reopen on Monday, officials announced Sunday night.
City and state beaches Huntington Beach. After water quality tests, it will be re-discovered that there is no identifiable level of oil-related toxins in seawater. Huntington Beach. And California State Parks said in a statement. Officials are still urging visitors to avoid areas that smell of oil and to avoid touching any oily material that washes the beach.
The news will likely delight surfers and beachgoers like Richard Beach, who returned to the waves. Huntington Beach. With his bodyboard – even the lifeguards on the jet ski – chased him on Sunday. He trekked to the beach, and workers in the Hazmat suit were tasked with clearing the sand from the sticky, black bulbs that were washed off the beach after spilling.
“The water is perfect,” said Beach, 69. “Clear all the way down.”
Huntington Beach. And nearby coastal communities are worried about last week’s outbreak, with officials saying at least about 25,000 gallons (95,000 liters) and 132,000 gallons (500,000 liters) were not shipped. This was due to a leak of about 5 miles (8 km) from the shore in a Houston-based Amplify Energy-owned pipeline that shuts off crude oil from offshore oil platforms.
The outbreak was confirmed on October 2, a day after the smell of petroleum in the area. The cause is under investigation and officials say they believe the pipeline may have been broken by the ship’s anchor several months to a year ago. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
On Sunday, there was no smell of oil and the sand was largely clear from the Huntington Beach wharf, where workers combed the sand for tar.
But local officials are concerned about the environmental impact of wetlands, wildlife and the spread of the economy. With a community called Surf City USA out of sea, relatively few people were on the beach and the shops that care for them are bothering them.
Officials in the city of 200,000 people are testing the water to make sure it is safe for people to return to the water and said they will continue testing for at least another two weeks.
Since the outbreak, residents have been allowed to walk on the sand. Huntington Beach. But beaches and water have been banned, and parking has been closed for nearby state beaches. Popular surfing and swimming sites in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach have also been closed.
I Huntington Beach.The shops sell everything from bikinis and star and striped boogie boards to sand toys and fishing tackle. Marian Johnson, who owns “Let’s Go Phishing” on the pier, said sales have halved since the outbreak.
Mike Ali, who owns the nearby Zack store, said he had to close three of his four locations and reduce workers’ hours. People were still renting motorcycles at one of his stores and buying food that was open, but he said that without surf lessons, event catering and beach bonfires, business was down 90 percent.
It could take one to two years for tourism to return, Ali said.
Rich Toro, 70, is still riding his regular 25-mile (40 km) motorcycle. Huntington Beach. on Sunday.
But he said he would not run to return to the water because he was concerned about the spread and the impact on wildlife. Since the incident, authorities have reported 38 dead birds and nine dead fish, while 27 oily birds have been recovered and are being treated.
On Sunday mornings, only a handful of people played beach volleyball. Huntington Beach. While others buried or lay down on the sand.
But the water cut did not stop everyone. While fishing was banned on almost all of Orange County’s beaches, Michael Arculita, 29, said he came down from East Los Angeles and saw no sign on the pier that prevented him from falling off the line. A school of fish floats under a nearby wharf.
“If it were that dangerous, the fish would die,” said Arculata.