Laguna Beach, CA – The City of Laguna Beach, in coordination with other Federal, State, and local agencies, continues to closely monitor and assess mitigation efforts in response to the 126,000-gallon oil spill impacting coastal Orange County. Though the spill has not yet reached the shoreline of Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Marine Safety, Fire, Public Works, and Police personnel are on standby and ready to respond if necessary.
Currently, the oil slick plume is estimated to be approximately 13 square miles in size and is located 3 miles off the coast of Newport Beach. Given the oil spill impacts, the ocean is closed from the Huntington Beach Pier to the Santa Ana River Jetty. Trained spill response contractors are working to clean up the oil. Public volunteers are not needed and could hinder response efforts. The cause of the oil spill is under investigation.
The US Coast Guard is the lead agency coordinating the response to the oil spill incident. A unified command has been established and consists of Beta Offshore, the US Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Supporting agencies are the cities of Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Based on the most current information available, while the leak has not been completely stopped, preliminary patching has been completed to repair the oil spill site. Additional repairs are currently being attempted.
If the City of Laguna Beach is impacted by the oil spill, all beaches will be immediately closed to protect health and safety and to allow contractors to begin oil cleanup. The community is encouraged to pay close attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife has also set up the Oiled Wildlife Care Network hotline, which can be reached at (877) 823-6926, for individuals to call if anyone sees wildlife impacted from the oil. Do not approach affected animals.