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State seeks volunteers to train for oil spill cleanup help – Press Telegram

Expecting at least 1,500 people to clear up the OC oil spill by the weekend, state officials are looking for volunteers who can be trained and dispatched to support their efforts.

The Department of State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Spill Prevention and Response Department has an online sign-up form. When you sign up, you’ll see a link to online safety training as you may encounter oil and other hazardous materials.

The spill was first discovered on Friday, October 1, and was subsequently caused by a broken pipeline connected to an offshore oil platform. Estimated about 126,000 gallons of oil landed from the spill, it pollutes the sands of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, settles on the rocks and grass of Talbert Marsh, and leaves more than 12 sea and stag beetles covered. I did.

Paid staff crew members and already trained volunteers from various agencies working on the cleanup were stationed to pick up tarballs and clean oil mess along the coastline over six miles.

Most beaches from the south of Bol Sachika to the San Diego County Line do not allow swimming, surfing or fishing, but some beaches open sand above the high tide to visitors. Local officials said they did not know how long the closure would last.

Orange County supervisor Katrina Foley has urged people to sign up to help if possible.

“The more volunteers we can get here to clean these beaches, the faster we can open everything,” she said.

Information and sign-up form can be found at www.calspillwatch.wildlife.ca.gov/volunteer..

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