Oil spill in Huntington Beach threatens wildlife, but wetlands safe

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Federal, state and local agencies are working to clean up an oil spill in an Orange County channel leading to the ocean. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says they’ve been at it since Saturday.

The spill happened in a Huntington Beach flood control channel – the Coast Guard got reports of oil sheening on water east of Beach Boulevard and south of Adams Avenue.

Working with local fire and public works, Orange county officials and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, a response team has placed containment barriers in the channel.

Crews are power washing, operating vacuum trucks and using absorbent materials to clean up oil where they can.

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network based at UC Davis is on the scene to treat affected wildlife. Volunteers have recovered more than a dozen birds - mostly dead - and a dead raccoon.

The Coast Guard reports that the spill is contained with no potential impact on nearby wetlands.