Coast Guard responds to ’13 square miles’ oil on Orange County coast

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA (KABC) – The U.S. Coast Guard was responding Saturday afternoon to what was described as oil a few miles off the Orange County coast and “reported to be approximately 13 square miles in size.”

Large spills were reported around noon and spread approximately 13 square miles off the coast from Newport Beach to Huntington Beach.

Cleaning crews deployed pressure equipment to remove as much oil as possible.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said its leak prevention and response team is also going to the scene.

“OSPR is responding to reports of oil in federal waters several miles from Huntington Beach. Several reports of sheen were reported to Cal OES. OSPR crew from the water survey area are investigating the source, volume and type of oil. Sanitation contractors are being assembled,” CDFW said at 1 p.m. : Tweeted at 49

Authorities are still searching for the source of the leak. They say they are not expected to come to the beach or pose a threat to those going to the beach.

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