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Massive oil spill washes up on southern California's beaches

California beaches in Northern Orange County were closed and wetlands contaminated by a huge oil spill caused by a broken pipeline off the coast.

Photo: David Mcnew/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

About 3,000 barrels of oil leaked from a pipeline and washed up on beaches and wetlands in Huntington Beach, a popular spot for Southern California surfers and beach goers. The beach’s ocean and shoreline have been closed indefinitely, the city said in a statement Sunday.

Beta Offshore Co., which operates three offshore oil platforms in the area, is responsible for the spill and is working on repairs and cleanup. The oil slick plume stretched 5.8 nautical miles as of Saturday, from Huntington Beach Pier to Newport Beach, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said in a statement.

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