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EXPLAINER: What's happening with the California oil spill?

Cleanup crews and investigators are on the scene. Here’s a look at what happened, who’s involved and the aftermath.
Credit: AP
People play on the sand in the background as workers in protective suits clean the contaminated beach after an oil spill in Newport Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. A major oil spill off the coast of Southern California fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday, to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif — Oil has been washing up on Southern California beaches and wetlands all week since a leak in an underwater pipeline from an offshore platform sent tens of thousands of gallons of heavy crude into the ocean waters. 

The spill fouled the sands of famed Huntington Beach, known as Surf City USA, and could keep some beaches closed for weeks or longer. Cleanup crews and investigators are on the scene. 

Here’s a look at what happened, who’s involved and the aftermath. Read here.

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