Clumps of Tar Wash Up on Newport Beach After California Oil Spill

Tar washed up onto the shoreline of Newport Beach on October 4 as crews worked to clean up oil from a massive spill off the coast of Orange County, California.

At least 144,000 gallons spilled from a broken pipeline around 4.5 miles from the shore on Saturday, October 2, endangering local wildlife and habitats, according to updated reports from state and federal officials.

The United States Coast Guard was working to contain the oil and had reported collecting 4,158 gallons as of Monday; 8,700 feet of boom has been deployed to protect beaches, officials said.

Orange County officials closed all beaches in the city of Laguna Beach, as cleanup of the oil spill was ongoing.

A local conservation group reported professional crews were working at “full speed” to clean the oil from wetlands. The spill also forced the suspension of fishing in the affected coastal area.

An investigation into the cause of the spill was ongoing, the Coast Guard said.

Video shared to Instagram by @DingoSaidSo shows pieces of tar showing up at The Wedge, a popular surfing spot on the southern end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Credit: @DingoSaidSo via Storyful

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