Oil-stained sand is seen in Newport Beach, California, on Wednesday, October 6.
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In pictures: Oil spill in Southern California

Updated 5:13 PM ET, Mon October 11, 2021

Oil-stained sand is seen in Newport Beach, California, on Wednesday, October 6.
Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

A pipeline leak spilled more than 100,000 gallons of oil in Southern California, devastating local wildlife and forcing some popular beaches to close.

The breach, which was reported on October 2, occurred about 5 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach.

Officials have been working to clean up the spill and investigate what exactly caused the leak. Huntington Beach reopened its shoreline on Monday, October 11, after water-testing results came back with non-detectable amounts of oil-associated toxins.

"The health and safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance," Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said in a statement. "We understand the significance our beaches have on tourism, our economy, and our overall livelihood here in Huntington Beach. It is important that our decision to reopen our shoreline and water be based on data and that we continue to monitor the water quality going forward."