County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services is Monitoring Flow of Oil from Orange County
The County of San Diego is ready to respond should oil from the pipeline break in Orange County make its way into San Diego County waters and beaches. Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and Jeff Toney, the Director of the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services, are in constant communication with State and Federal officials about the oil spill’s possible impact on San Diego County. They released the following statement about preparations for potential response:
“Our County’s Office of Emergency Services is in ongoing communication with the U.S. Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the entire Unified Command as we monitor the oil spill off the shores of Orange County. The Unified Command maintains detailed contingency plans to meet the evolving situation and the agencies are collaborating to jointly implement these plans as needed.
“It appears some of the oil is making its way south, but it has yet to enter San Diego County waters. Some protective measures have been put in place by response agencies including a protective boom at the mouth of the Santa Margarita River on Camp Pendleton. Right now there is no immediate threat to San Diego County, but our team is prepared for the possibility of oil making its way towards our watersheds, onto our beaches, and affecting local fish, wildlife and ecosystems.
“If you live in a coastal community, and you see any evidence of oil, please contact 1-877-823-6926. We will continue to keep San Diegans updated as more information becomes available.”
Updates including actions taken to mitigate the spill can be found here: Southern California Spill Response (socalspillresponse.com)