Southern California oil spill caused by a pipeline that split and was apparently dragged

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Oil washes up on Huntington Beach, California, October 3, 2021.

The Southern California oil spill was caused by a split underwater pipeline.
Divers say the pipeline was apparently dragged, according to the Associated Press.
More than 125,000 gallons of crude oil was leaked into the Pacific Ocean.
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The Southern California oil spill that saw more than 125,000 gallons of crude oil leak into the Pacific Ocean was caused by a split underwater pipeline that was apparently dragged, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

California officials are warning of a potential ecological disaster from the massive offshore oil spill, Insider previously reported.

The spill, which stretches about 13 square miles from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach, was first reported Saturday by lifeguards and locals who smelled a strong odor in the area.

„The size of the spill demanded prompt and aggressive action. As a coastal city the values our ecological assets, Huntington Beach has deployed all necessary and existing resources to prevent significant environmental degradation of the spill,” the City of Huntington Beach said in a statement on Sunday.

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