Officials Investigate California Oil Shine Near Previous Leak

Authorities say an oil shimmer spotted in the ocean near last month’s crude pipeline leak off Southern California was gone within hours

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — An oil shimmer spotted in the ocean last month near a crude pipeline leak off the coast of Southern California disappeared within hours, but the source remains a mystery, authorities said.

The U.S. Coast Guard sent planes and boats Saturday to investigate the oil spill about 70 feet (21 meters) by 30 feet (9 meters) off the coast of Orange County.

The source of the shine was not immediately determined, and it was unknown when it was first noticed, the Orange County Register reported.

As of Saturday at about 2 p.m., the shine was no longer visible, said Jenna Driscoll, a liaison officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Coast Guard officials said Saturday night the glare had not reappeared and they would continue to monitor the area.

The shine spotted Saturday was in the same area where an underwater pipeline from Houston-based Amplify Energy leaked to about 25,000 gallons (94,635 liters) of crude oil on Oct. 2. lead to rescues of marine mammals.

The spill’s impact was less than initially feared, but it affected local wetlands and wildlife and closed off the shoreline in surf-loving Huntington Beach for a week.


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