On Sunday morning, “We started looking for dead birds & fish washing up on the beach,” Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley tweeted.
Foley said the leak was five miles from the shores of Huntington Beach, and oil began to flow into the city’s 200,000-square-foot city.
“Currently, oil slides measuring 5.8 kilometers run, and run from Huntington Beach Pier down to Newport Beach,” the news release said.
Carr said information from the US Coast Guard suggests that the fall may have been caused by oil from offshore oil rigs near Huntington Beach.
The exact cause of the leak is still unknown and the owner of the pump is unknown, city officials said. They said the Coast Guard is investigating.
The oil sheen was first reported to the USCG shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday morning, the Coast Guard said in a press release.
The Coast Guard classified the situation as a major oil spill, said Huntington Beach Marine Safety Chief Eric McCoy.
Huntington Beach officials have canceled the last day of the Pacific Airshow and are urging people to stay away from the Santa Ana River Trail, Talbert Park and Talbert Marsh areas and beaches in the affected areas to avoid contact with potential oil fields.