October 24, 2021

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Photos: Major oil spill closes Orange County beaches – Los Angeles Times

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A major offshore oil spill has fouled Orange County beaches and wetlands with crude.

The spill had reached Talbert Marsh and some environmentally sensitive wetlands areas by Sunday morning. It will take time to know the extent of the damage but officials said some birds and fish have died.

Oil lines the beach as a bird feeds in the incoming tide.
A bird attempts to feed as oil-coated waves come ashore in Huntington Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Workers with Patriot Environmental Services collect bags of oil-soaked pads and other debris during cleanup at Talbert Marsh.
Workers with Patriot Environmental Services collect bags of oil-soaked pads and other debris during cleanup at Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on Sunday.

(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

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Oil absorbent booms are used by workers with Patriot Environmental Services to clean from the oil spill.

Oil absorbent booms are used by workers with Patriot Environmental Services to clean up oil that flowed into the Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on Sunday.

(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Booms contain oil flowing through the Talbert Channel.

Booms trap oil flowing through the Talbert Channel,

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A fish swims amid globs of oil off the Orange County coast

A fish swims amid floating globs of oil off the Orange County coast.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

An aerial view of a major oil spill washing ashore on the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
An aerial view of a major oil spill washing ashore on the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

 An oil slick lines the beach as a swimmer comes in

A swimmer called in by a lifeguard emerges from oily water onto the fouled beach at the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Lifeguard vehicles face the water at Huntington Beach while oil-containing booms are put in place by boats offshore.

Lifeguard vehicles face the water at Huntington Beach where oil-containment booms are put in place by boats offshore.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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An oil slick lines the beach as a swimmer comes in after being called in by a Newport Beach lifeguard.

A swimmer bobs in the oily water before being called in by a lifeguard at the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A sign warns visitors to stay out of the water because of the oil spill at the Huntington Beach Pier.

A sign warns visitors to stay out of the water because of the oil spill at the Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday.

(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

A strand of darkened sand reveals the edge of an oil slick from an offshore pipeline leak at Huntington State Beach.

A strand of darkened sand reveals the edge of an oil slick from an offshore pipeline leak at Huntington State Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

 Detail of globs of oil that formed patterns as it flowed in from the high tide.

Globs of oil carried in by the high tide formed patterns on the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Oil lines the beach as a bird runs to avoid the incoming tide.

Oil lines the beach as a bird runs to avoid the incoming tide on the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach on Sunday.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A jogger on the beach bordering Newport and Huntington Beach Sunday morning

A jogger keeps his distance from fouled shoreline at the border of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach on Sunday morning.

(Allen Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A man photographs the scene near a containment boom placed to trap oil at border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach

A man takes photographs near a containment boom placed to trap oil at the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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