Orange County Oil Spill Disaster
Enough is enough. Help Surfrider to stop offshore drilling and hold big oil accountable! Take a stand with the Surfrider Foundation as we respond to the ecological damage from the oil spill crisis and fight for clean water and healthy beaches in Orange County, California.
The Impacts Are Devastating
At least 24,696 gallons of oil spewed from a pipeline approximately 4 miles off the treasured coast of Southern California near an offshore drilling platform on Saturday, October 2nd. This oil spill is devastating birds, fish, wildlife and people, like you and me, who care deeply about our coasts.
The precious Talbert Marsh, a wetlands habitat for at least 90 bird species, is one of the affected areas. It will take weeks before we know the full extent of the ecological and recreational damage but perished fish and birds have already been found.
What we know so far:
Governor Gavin Newsom immediately declared a state of emergency due to the spill. Visit the Southern California Spill Response website for the latest updates from Unified Command on the cleanup, fisheries closures and beach advisories.
According to CNN, authorities were notified of the oil sheen 12 hours before the operator of the line, Amplify Energy Corp., reported it to state and federal officials. The cause of the breach is still unknown, but divers are working to locate the exact source of the spill.
Approximately one month post spill, 539,077 lbs of tar have been removed from Southern California beaches, with crews still finding about 3,000 lbs a day on San Diego beaches.
Report Tar Balls, Do Not Pick Them Up
- Download the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app from your device's app store. (Apple IOS, Android)
- Click “Proceed without signing in”
- Scan the QR code to reach the Tar Reporting Project
- Enter your name and email. Your information will not be published with your observations.
- Go to the beach and record sightings (this information is being shared with CDFW, so please do not also submit an email to email@example.com).
- Optional: Turn on “track my steps” to help other volunteers identify which beaches have recently been observed.
For more info on the project and to see a map of data collected: http://go.surfrider.org/oilreport
Scan this QR code to reach the Tar Reporting Project
Surfrider Vehemently Opposes Offshore Drilling
This spill is exactly why we’ve fought Big Oil for decades. It will take days, weeks, months and years to respond to this spill, and we need to prevent others now.
Take A Stand With Us To:
Hold the polluters accountable for this disaster. Surfrider is fighting to ensure that the company abides by the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, a law that requires companies to mitigate ecological harm after a spill and prevent future spills by investing money into spill prevention.
Push government agencies and Amplify Energy to conduct a comprehensive cleanup effort that removes the oil and protects public health and safety. Surfrider was appointed as the NGO Liasion to the Unified Command and is working directly with U.S. Coast Guard, CDFW & local government.
- Stop the deadly extraction of fossil fuels NOW. We are urging Congress to permanently prohibit new offshore drilling in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Please take action and contact your representatives in support!
Together, we can transform this horrific spill into a turning point that puts a stop to oil drilling on our beloved coasts for good.
Disclaimer: The public is discouraged from actively participating in the clean up or trying to save oiled wildlife because the oil is highly toxic and well-intentioned folks can cause more harm than good. It is imperative that only those with the proper training are involved with the cleanup!
We’re the largest network of coastal defenders in the world.
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.
Founded in 1984, Surfrider is a national network of chapter volunteers serving as the first response to local threats in coastal communities across the US.
Thanks to the support of generous donors, our volunteers are the boots on the ground who collaborate on both the local and national level with regional staff and issue experts to carry out our mission.
We Have A History Of Fighting Big Oil
California Coastal Commission backs Surfrider
After years of grassroots activism, The California Coastal Commission made a landmark decision in Surfrider's favor regarding the restoration of surfing spots lost due to the building of a coastal structure by Chevron Oil Company in El Segundo, CA.
Washington coastline protected from crude oil
The Washington State Surfrider Chapter stopped a petroleum test burn along 10 miles of Washington coastline involving 2,500 gallons of crude oil.
Virginia Beach coastline protected from gas and oil
Surfrider's Virginia Beach Chapter helped ensure state legislators voted down a bill that would have opened their coastline to gas and oil exploration.
Not the Answer program established
Surfrider established Not the Answer, a program focusing on protecting the nation's coasts from the risky practice of offshore drilling through grassroots advocacy at the federal and state levels.
New gas and oil leasing halted at the federal level
Surfider’s successful campaign to stop the federal government’s offshore drilling proposal results in President Joe Biden signing an executive order to halt new gas and oil leasing.
Clean Water 10 • 06 • 2021