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The California spill is not the environmental disaster that was first feared

The California spill is not the environmental disaster that was first feared.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California – After a crude oil sheen was detected in the waters off the coast of Southern California, environmentalists feared the worst.

A week later, Orange County and its exclusive beaches have been spared a potentially dire fate, though the long-term cost to plant and animal life is unknown.

The Coast Guard estimates a minimum of about 25,000 gallons and no more than 132,000 gallons spilled from a broken pipeline off Huntington Beach. Environmentalists fear the long-term effect on wetlands and marine life.

Components of crude oil can remain below the ocean’s surface and affect tiny organisms that fish ingest, which are then eaten by birds, marine mammals, and people.

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