Huntington Beach oil spill

BEACHES OPEN IN SAN DIEGO AND ORANGE COUNTIES AS TAR BALLS DECLINE

Source: County Office of Emergency Services

File photo by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

October 18, 2021 (San Diego) – Cleanup crews worked throughout the weekend to remove remaining tar balls and assess beaches  after the recent Huntington Beach oil spill.  Workers removed all boom in Orange and San Diego counties with the exception of Talbert Marsh. All public beaches in Orange County and San Diego County are open, San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services announced today.

COUNTY OFFERS TIPS FOR BOAT OWNERS, BEACHGOERS ON HOW TO CLEAN OIL OR FILE A CLAIM

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Tar balls on a local beach, via San Diego County Office of Emergency Services

October 12, 2021 (San Diego) – If you’ve suffered harm due to the oil spill off the Huntington Beach coast, such as damage to a boat, you can file a claim by calling 1-866-985-8366. 

Below are details on cleanup of vessels, skin contact with tar balls, and reporting oiled wildlife locally, since tar balls have been found on several San Diego County beaches.

TAR BALLS FOUND ON SAN DIEGO BEACHES, COUNTY OFFICIALS WARN AFTER OIL SPILL IN ORANGE COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy City of Carlsbad

October 7, 2021 (San Diego) – After a massive oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach in southern Orange County on Friday, San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency has issued a warning of tar balls washing ashore on North County beaches. County officials advise residents to avoid contact with tar balls, if seen.

The County of San Diego Emergency Operations Center is activated and is monitoring the situation.