Tom Umberg

Update on the Orange County oil spill from Senator Tom Umberg

I joined the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and elected officials from all levels in an aerial investigation and briefing of the Orange County Oil Spill.

Here’s the latest from the Joint Command Center:

  • Crews from all levels of government, the private, and non-profit sector are working on containment and clean-up around the clock;
  • Various boom strategies are being put into place to both mitigate damage to any protected areas, but also to prevent contamination from those that have avoided it thus far;
  • The oil slick is traveling southwards and is currently headed towards Crystal Cove and Laguna Beach;

Anyone who has experienced revenue loss from their business or damage to their property from this disaster is encouraged to call (866) 985-8366 to file claims.

Volunteers are and will be needed! If you have current Natural Resource training, you are encouraged to sign-up at this link:


  • Public volunteers will be needed in the coming days. Use the same link and sign-up for efforts near you!

For more information about this or any other matter, don’t hesitate to call my office for assistance. To receive more immediate updates as this environmental disaster develops, please follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

This article was released by the Office of Senator Thomas J. Umberg.