Southern California officials warn residents to stay away from the beach as a 13-mile long oil spill is about to be launched on the shore.

Newport Beach California

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City officials in Newport Beach, California have warned residents not to swim on the beach as a major oil spill is expected to occur off the coast on Saturday night.

Los Angeles Times The 13-mile slick was reported to be attributed to a pipeline leak. The spill extends between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

Huntington Beach City Authorities also closed the beach around 7 pm local time.

so Tweet, Authorities said they were closely monitoring the situation.

Southern California oil producer Kate Conrad of Beta Offshore told the Times that the incident was reported around noon on Saturday and workers closed the pipeline shortly thereafter. The crew also used a pressurizer to recover the oil. KABC report.

Coast guard too Said It was responding to the spill, as was done by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Tweet Saturday afternoon.

The CDFW did not respond to insider comments, but spokesman Eric Laughlin told the Times that he should not approach the affected wildlife.

“The general public should avoid the greasy coastline, as the area is unsafe and should only be cleaned by trained contractors,” Laughlin told The Times.

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