The clean up effort continued down the coast of Orange County following an oil spill that devastated beaches and wildlife on Oct. 2. Voice of OC reported that as of Wednesday, there were 328 paid clean up workers, with hopes for that number to increase to 1,500 in the near future.
As new information about the spill comes to light, major concerns are being expressed about how long it took Amplify Energy, the company that owns the pipeline, to report the leak to the Coast Guard. Various media outlets, including the Voice of OC and Los Angeles Times, have expressed concern about how long it took state officials to notify the public of the spill. The leak is now believed to have been caused by a ship anchor hitting the pipeline.
Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged in the proclamation of state emergency declared Oct. 4 that several state departments, including the Department of Parks and Recreation and the California Lands Commission, would “utilize all available resources to support the response, cleanup and mitigation of the spill.”
To stay up to date, the City of Huntington Beach set up an oil spill response page that will provide updates about the leak and beach closures.