California oil spill cleanup nears completion

Members from a contracted cleanup team pick up a tar ball on Crystal Cove Beach in Newport Beach, California, Oct. 14, 2021. Tar ball collection on Orange County beaches has decreased, and recovered tar balls are increasingly smaller in size and more dispersed.
Credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class Janessa Warschkow/U.S. Coast Guard

Cleanup is nearing completion after an oil spill off the coast of Southern California. An undersea pipeline leaked about 25,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean in early October. Federal officials believe the Amplify Energy pipeline was likely damaged by a ship’s anchor. Workers have been removing tar from beaches, but the impacts to wildlife and sensitive wetlands has been less severe than anticipated. Officials say much of the oil appeared to break up at sea.

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