What Was the Worst Oil Spill in U.S. History? California’s Huntington Beach Hit by ‘Major’ Leak

A catastrophic oil spill in the Pacific Ocean off the southern Californian coast has left fish dead, birds covered in petroleum, and wetlands contaminated.

In a press conference hours after the spill was first reported on Saturday morning, Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr called the spill an “environmental catastrophe” and “potential ecological disaster.”

The Huntington Beach are has borne the brunt, with an estimated 126,000 gallons of oil covering a 13-square mile area of the Pacific Ocean, Reuters reports.

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