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A shiny layer on the water close to Huntington Beach in Southern California is probably just regular local oil, according to the Coast Guard

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Last week, there was a shiny substance in the water off Huntington Beach in Southern California. The US Coast Guard said it looked like slightly old oil, not gas or diesel. They first noticed it on Thursday, and over the weekend, they cleaned up around 85 gallons of the oily stuff from the water. Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA, is famous for its beaches.

They also removed about 1,050 pounds of oily waste, sand, and tar balls from the shore. On Saturday morning, after a helicopter check, the City of Huntington Beach said there was no shiny stuff in the water. The Coast Guard couldn’t exactly figure out where the oil came from, but their early results suggest it’s similar to the oil produced locally, not the kind brought into California.

Officials think this is a one-time thing, but they’re keeping an eye on the beach just in case. Last week’s oil sheen was about half a mile wide and 2.5 miles long, seen about 1.5 miles off the coast. They managed to clean up most of it on Friday before stopping for the night because of bad sea conditions.

The Coast Guard found one bird with oil on it, and nearby cities like Newport Beach, Long Beach, and Laguna Beach are watching out for any impact on their shores. This incident happened a little over two years after a big oil spill in the same area. Amplify Energy, the company involved in the 2021 spill, said they’re sure this new shiny stuff is not connected to their operations. They reported a small water discharge but said it didn’t match what was seen in the water. They’re working with the Coast Guard to help however they can.

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