The governor of California declares a state of emergency after half a million liters of crude oil

California State Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency to unleash the resources necessary to tackle the spill of more than half a million liters of crude oil off the California coast.

“The state is trying to cut red tape and mobilize all available resources to protect public health and the environment,” Newsom said in a statement.

The governor of California declares a state of emergency after half a million liters of crude oil
The governor of California declares a state of emergency after half a million liters of crude oil

The declaration of emergency affects Orange County, the most severely affected area by the spillage of more than 540,000 liters of crude oil, which has been scattered along the approximately 25 miles (40 km) coastline.

“As California continues to drive the transition from fossil fuels to renewables to tackle the climate crisis, this incident is a reminder of the enormous cost this type of fuel poses to our communities and the environment,” Newsom said.

The oil spill occurred over the weekend when the equivalent of 3,000 barrels of oil spilled into Pacific waters from the Elly platform operated by Betta Offshore and the beaches between Dana Point and Huntington Beach were closed.

For her part, Orange County’s governing body Katrina Foley lamented the grave consequences the incident could have: “Oil seeped into the Talbert Wetlands and caused significant damage.”

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