Thunderstorms Could Impact California Oil Spill Cleanup Thunderstorms Could Impact California Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

A chance of rain tonight could impact the cleanup of 126,000 gallons of oil.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, C.A. (NCC News) — Today, crews continue to clean up roughly 126,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Huntington Beach in California. The spill was first reported Saturday. The spill originated from a pipeline connected to an offshore oil platform owned by Houston-based oil and gas company Amplify Energy. The possibility of an incoming weather system this evening may worsen conditions and delay clean up efforts. 

There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight in the greater Los Angeles Basin area. The chance of precipitation is 40%. The National Weather Service has warned that higher amounts of rainfall are possible in the thunderstorms.

Officials said Sunday that it appears the pipeline has stopped leaking. The leak has spread to be roughly 13 miles in size, larger than all of Santa Monica. The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting in clean up efforts and said on Sunday that there is an open investigation into how the spill occurred.

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