Long Beach, CA–The United States Coast Guard, along with members of unified command, is continuing its response Sunday to the reported oil spill off Newport Beach.
Unified command members, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, and Amplify Energy, are working cooperatively with the Coast Guard to ensure the safety of the public and response personnel, to control the source and recover spilled materials, and to maximize the protection of environmentally sensitive areas and minimize impact to maritime commerce, Coast Guard officials said Sunday.
Their 24/7 operation and response efforts are scheduled to continue until federal and state officials determine that the response to the crude oil spill is complete.
As of Sunday, approximately 3,150 gallons of oil have been recovered from the water and 5,360 feet of boom have been deployed. Fourteen boats conducted oil recovery operations and three Coast Guard boats enforced a safety zone off 1,000 yards around oil spill boats. Four aircraft were dispatched for overflight assessments. Shoreside response was conducted by 105 government agency personnel.
Orange County beaches have been closed starting at Seapoint Drive south to the Santa Ana River. Newport Beach has a soft closure and requests that the public stays out of the water from Tower 44 north to the Santa Ana River.
There are no impacts to commercial traffic and the Huntington Beach air show has been canceled.
One oiled Ruddy duck has been collected and is receiving veterinary care. Other reports of oiled wildlife are being investigated. The Oiled Wildlife Care Network has been activated.
The director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has declared a fishery closure for coastal areas affected by the oil spill.
Amplify Energy Corporation said Saturday that Beta Offshore, a subsidiary of Amplify Energy, first observed and notified the Coast Guard of an oil sheen approximately four 4 miles off the coast in Southern California and initiated its Oil Spill Prevention and Response Plan.
The company has sent a remotely operated vehicle to investigate and attempt to confirm the source of the release.
As a precautionary measure, all of the company’s production and pipeline operations at the Beta Field have been shut down.