Clean up crews down the coast of Orange County are working to clean the beaches and mitigate the environmental impacts following the spill of more than 120,000 gallons of oil about five miles off the coast of Huntington Beach. 

The spill was announced by the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as state and local officials early Saturday morning, but new reports suggest state authorities may have been aware of the spill as early as Friday night. The oil spill, which originated from a pipeline running from a port in Long Beach, has since then spread further down the coast, triggering beach and harbor closures across OC. 

“All agencies, including environmental and wildlife, are working together to mitigate the damage and reduce the impact to our beautiful coast,” OC Supervisor Katrina Foley said in a tweet Sunday. 

According to reporting by Voice of OC, the clean up response was delayed for 18 hours due to thunderstorms, but has resumed as of Tuesday morning.  

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