Orange County Oil Spill Updates

UPDATED: October 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Page will be updated as more information becomes available. 

The City of Huntington Beach continues to work with federal, state, and regional response entities to assess and mitigate the oil spill that occurred off Orange County's coast October 2, 2021. 

Huntington Beach Information and Closures

The City of Huntington Beach & California State Parks announce the reopening of both City & State beaches in Huntington Beach as of Monday, October 11, 2021, at 6:00 a.m. The joint decision to reopen comes after coastal ocean & wetlands water quality testing results showed non-detectable amounts of oil-associated toxins in our ocean water.

Fishing remains prohibited throughout Huntington Beach. 

Huntington Beach Open & Closures Map

Updated October Event Calendar

October Event Calendar in Huntington Beach

How to Help and Volunteer 

Public volunteers who want to assist with the oil spill can now register today. 

Email beachcleanups@hsb.surfrider.org or text OILSPILL to 51555 for updates on how to take action and volunteer.

Additional volunteer information can be found at https://calspillwatch.wildlife.ca.gov/Volunteer.

Wildlife Affected by the Oil Spill

Click here to check out the animal's rescued. 

Donate Today

If you are interested in supporting future wildlife efforts (or to become more involved in oil spills), we encourage you to become involved in Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center as either a volunteer or donor.
 

FAQ

What happened? 

On October 2, 2021, a 126,000-gallon oil leak occurred off the coast of Orange County. Clean-up efforts are currently underway, and the City of Huntington Beach coordinated closely with the US Coast Guard to track the approximate six nautical mile spill that has left toxic oil along the beaches and portions of wetlands. All available actions are being taken by the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure the safety of the public and response personnel, to control the source and recover spilled materials, to maximize the protection of environmentally sensitive areas and minimize impact to maritime commerce. 

Who is responsible? 

The City of Huntington Beach has confirmed that the company responsible for the oil spill is Beta Offshore, a California subsidiary of Houston-based Amplify Energy Corporation. The firm is also working on the clean-up effort, and in the coming days and weeks, the City will be working to ensure that Amplify Energy Corporation does everything possible to rectify this environmental catastrophe. 

Can I still visit the beach? 

As of 10/5/21, the sand and beach bike path remain open, but the shoreline and water are closed from the Santa Ana River Jetty up to and including Bolsa Chica State Beach. Sunset Beach remains open.

What is the air & water quality like?

At this time, South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is monitoring air quality conditions in Orange County and will advise residents if there are any air quality concerns.  These air quality updates will also be posted on this website.

The City is also working with water quality experts to take regular samples of the water along our coast and inlets to determine the level of contaminants that are associated with the oil spill.  As this effort gets underway, detailed information will be made available on this site.

How long will it take to clean it up? 

At this time, it is unclear as to how long the ocean and shoreline closure will be in effect, or how long the oil spill clean-up efforts will take.  

How can I help? 

Public volunteers who want to assist with the oil spill can now register today. 

Email beachcleanups@hsb.surfrider.org or text OILSPILL to 51555 for updates on how to take action and volunteer.

Additional volunteer information can be found at https://calspillwatch.wildlife.ca.gov/Volunteer.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to emergency efforts, click here. All the funds Bolsa Chica Conservatory raises will be donated to the organizations deployed in response to this oil spill and assisting affected wildlife. 

Where do I report oiled wildlife? 

Do not pick up or try to care for oiled wildlife. Please report observations of animals in need to the oiled wildlife hotline at 1-877-UCD-OWCN (1-877-823-6926). 

Resources 

  • City of Huntington Beach's Oil Spill Hotline – (714) 374-1702

  • Oiled Wildlife Care Network - Report wildlife concerns – (877) 823-6926 

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