Across the Area

Oil spill smaller than feared

AERIAL VIEW of oil spill near Huntington Beach Pier (City of Huntington Beach photo).

As bad as the recent oil spill off the Huntington Beach coast was, it probably wasn’t as bad as it first seemed.

A Coast Guard official said Thursday that the original estimate of 126,000 gallons of oil – one estimate placed the spill as high as 132,000 gallons – was almost certainly too high by a factor of four or five.

The final official record will likely put the discharge of petroleum from a ruptured pipeline at around 25,000 gallons.

“We have a high degree of confidence that the spill amount is approximately 588 barrels,” said Capt. Rebecca Ore. “That number may potentially adjust to a small degree.”

Be prepared with CERT training

A free 20-hour workshop to train individuals to prepare for and recover from disasters and to learn life-saving skills will be offered by Garden Grove’s Community Emergency Response Team.

It will be held in two sessions over two weekends: Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 and Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13. The Friday sessions will be held from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register, go to or e-mail .  The deadline is Friday, Oct. 29.

Chili Cook-Off” will close Santa Rita

The third annual “Chili Cook-Off and Car Show” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 12-4 p.m. at Eastgate Park in West Garden Grove.

Because of the event – including anticipated increases in pedestrian traffic – Santa Rita Avenue between Winton Street and St. Mark Street will be closed to motor vehicles from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the GGPD at (714) 741-5704.



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