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UPDATE 11: Unified Command continues response Sunday to the coastal oil spill in Orange and San Diego Counties

The Unified Command is continuing its response Sunday to the coastal oil spill in Orange and San Diego Counties.

In Orange and San Diego Counties, the public can expect to see Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Teams and contracted cleanup crews equipped in protective gear, monitoring, inspecting, and cleaning the beaches to ensure that appropriate cleanup actions are taken.

The public may encounter tarballs when visiting San Diego and Orange County beaches. Oil contains hazardous chemicals, and for safety reasons. Do not handle any tarballs or oil. If beachgoers encounter tarballs, we encourage them to email [email protected]. If skin contact occurs, wash the area with soap and water or baby oil. Avoid using solvents, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, or similar products on the skin. These products, when applied to skin, present a greater health hazard than the tarball itself. More information about tarballs is available here: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=29232%20&inline

Community members impacted by the oil spill who need to file a claim can call 1-866-985-8366. If your vessel has been impacted by the oil spill, we want to remind people not to clean their oiled vessels with any type of soaps or dispersants. Using these products can make the situation worse as they are not effective on this type of oil.

Today, water and soil sampling is being conducted along San Onofre Beach.

The following beaches are considered soft closures, which means they fall under these conditions: beach(sand) open, water, and waterline closed:

Orange County Beaches

  • Bolsa Chica State Beach
  • Huntington City Beach
  • Huntington Beach State Park
  • Newport Beach
  • West Street Beach
  • Crystal Cove State Beach
  • Laguna Beach
  • Laguna Royale Beach
  • Thousand Steps Beach
  • Table Rock Beach
  • Aliso Beach

Salt Creek Beach, Strands Beach, Baby Beach in Dana Point are open with water advisory postings.

For more information about harbor status please visit:

Updates as of Oct. 10 at 7:30 a.m.:

  • More than 1,600 people are conducting response operations
  • To date, 5,544 total gallons of crude oil have been recovered by vessel
  • 13.6 barrels of tar balls were recovered yesterday
  • Approximately 250,000 lb of oily debris has been recovered from shorelines
  • Shorelines continue to be surveyed and cleaned
  • Two overflights are scheduled for Sunday
  • 11,400 feet of containment boom have been strategically deployed
  • For the latest wildlife information visit https://owcn.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/pipeline-p00547-incident
  • No oiled wildlife has been located in San Diego County

Assessment teams were scheduled to check the following locations in Orange and San Diego County for any visible signs of oil:

San Diego County Beaches

  • Ocean Side Pier
  • Carlsbad City Beach
  • Batiquitos Lagoon
  • Encinitas Beach
  • Cardiff Beach
  • San Elijo Beach
  • Solana State Beach
  • South Ponto Beach

Orange County Beaches

  • South Huntington Beach

Contracted cleanup teams are cleaning locations from Seal Beach down to San Onofre Beach.

For updates on the fisheries closures, visit https://socalspillresponse.com/fisheries-closure.

The cause of the spill remains under investigation.

This article was released by Unified Command.