Laguna Beach City and County Beaches Sand Will Reopen To The Public On Friday October 8 2021.
Laguna Beach Beaches Water and Shoreline will remain closed for public health safety.
Laguna Beach City and County Beaches Sand area will reopen at 7:00am on Friday October 8 2021.
No Shoreline and No Ocean Entry
Approaching the shoreline or entering the ocean water for any activity (swimming, surfing, wading, diving, SUP, skim boarding, kayaking) is NOT permitted at this time due to the oil spill.
The City is asking that all individuals remain clear of the beach and pay close attention to any warning signs posted at or near beach areas.
Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen Comments
“I am very pleased that our City team has come up with a plan to open the sand so that our residents and visitors can walk and relax on our beautiful beaches,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “The Coast Guard advises that we must keep the water closed for health reasons until the water quality can be fully analyzed. I ask everyone to cooperate with this restriction and stay out of the water. We will be working with state and federal officials to open the water as soon as it is safe.”
Oil Spill Reside May Be Present
Please use caution and avoid contact with any trace of oil.
If you see oil-contamination or oil tar balls on beaches, do not attempt to pick them up or touch them. Please call the Marine Safety non-emergency line at (949) 497-0310.
City Beach Monitoring
The City of Laguna Beach will continue to monitor the beaches for the next few weeks.
There may be intermittent isolated beach closures if there is any sign of oil appearing on beaches.
Future Reopening of the Ocean Water and Shoreline
Future re-opening of the ocean water will be done in consultation with the US Coast Guard and Orange County Healthcare Agency, along with other partners, with the priority being the health and safety of the community.
The City of Laguna Beach Supports Ending All Offshore Drilling In Federal Water Along California’s Coast
On Thursday October 7 2021, All Laguna Beach City Council, along with elected officials representing the areas most impacted by the oil spill, signed a letter supporting State Senators Dave Min (Irvine) and Josh Newman (Fullerton) asking the Orange County Congressional Delegation to end all offshore drilling, including drilling under current leases, in Federal waters along California’s Coast.
Laguna Beach City and County Beaches have been closed this week due to the recent Oil Spill off the Orange County California Coast.
Fishing Ban at Orange County Coast
San Onofre to Sunset Beach
(Near the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to West Jetty of Anaheim Bay Just South of Seal Beach)
extending 6 miles out from the shore
If you see oiled wildlife, please do not touch.
Call the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-823-6926.
Volunteer To Help With Surfrider
Please text ‘oilspill’ (one word) to 51555
Containment Efforts Thursday October 7 2021
Oil Recovered: 5,544 gallons
Boom Deployed: 12,860 feet
Crews assessed all accessible shorelines from the northernmost point of Huntington Beach, south to San Clemente
Shorelines continue to be surveyed and cleaned
Thirteen oiled wildlife have been recovered
The City of Huntington Beach has deployed over 2,000 feet of protective booms at 7 wetland locations.
Orange County Coast Oil Spill Background Updated on October 7 2021
Location: 4 Miles Off the Coast of Newport Coast
Size of Spill: 13 Square Miles in Size.
15.67 miles of light oiling was reported along shorelines
Amount of Spill: 144,000 gallons
Spill Reported at: Saturday October 2 2021 at 9:00am
Reason For Spill: Possible broken pipeline from from a offshore oil platform managed by Beta Offshore (Amplify Energy Corp).
Spill Investigation: The Unified Command contracted commercial divers to identify the source of the leak. The divers on Monday October 4 2021, validated Remotely Operated Vehicle footage showing no indications of oil release at the potential source of the leak. Diver reports and ROV footage show that a 4,000-foot section of the 17.7 mile-long pipeline was displaced with a maximum lateral movement of approximately 105 feet and had a 13-inch split, running parallel to the pipe.
Orange County Coast Oil Spill Online Resources
Official Unified Command Online Site:
Southern California Spill Response Site
Lead Agency: US Coast Guard Los Angeles
United States Coast Guard (USCG) Los Angeles Twitter Page