California officials announce beach closure after oil washes ashore
Santa Barbara, California health officials have ordered closure of a local beach after oil and tar balls were noticed on the beach. The health officials also noticed strong petroleum odors in the region. County health officials said that Summerland Beach will remain closed to the public till the time authorities review the situation in detail.
The beach was popular among locals and tourists. County Parks, Public Health, and the Air Pollution Control District will determine the risk to public health and could even suggest future course of action.
Public and boats have been urged to remain at a safe distance from the waters. It is quite possible that an old oil well in the area has some issue which could be causing leakage.
The Public Health Department's Susan Klein-Rothschild informed that the beach south of Santa Barbara has been closed. The department is also checking is the issue has been caused by a pipeline breakage noticed in May, around 30 miles from the beach area.
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