Community volunteers approved to help tackle oil spills – CBS Los Angeles


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NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) – The unified command leading the Orange County oil spill response has approved the use of community volunteers to help with the effort.

Community volunteers must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Be prepared to follow County Public Health COVID procedures.

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To register, visit https://calspillwatch.wildlife.ca.gov/Volunteer or contact the volunteer helpline at 1-800-228-4544.

Newport Beach and other coastal towns are also teaming up with the Surfrider Foundation to help coordinate beach-related volunteer opportunities that don’t involve direct oil cleanup.

Volunteers can register on www.cleanups.surfrider.org be informed of future opportunities.

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Members of the public who are not involved in the volunteer program are asked to avoid assisting with clean-up in oiled areas and to avoid contact with oiled wildlife.

Those who encounter oiled wildlife should call 1-877-823-6926.

For more information and updates, visit the official Incident Response website here.

The pipeline leak, which was reported Saturday morning off Huntington Beach, could have spilled up to 144,000 gallons of oil into ocean waters. The spill occurred in federal waters at the Elly Shelf, approximately 4 1/2 miles offshore.

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The platform and pipeline are owned by Amplify Energy, based in Houston.

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