A string of popular California
beaches will remain closed until further notice due to mystery oil-based
pollution, officials said Friday.
stretch of coastline south of Los Angeles was closed to the public from
Wednesday, barely a week after an oil spill 100 miles further north,
although there is still no confirmed link between the two.
Thursday officials said clean-up workers had made "significant
progress," leading to speculation that they could re-open as early
Friday. But authorities downplayed that.
beaches are closed until we make a determination that it's safe," said
US Coast Guard spokeswoman Charlene Downey, referring to the stretch
including the El Segundo, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo beaches.
unidentified pollution comes after thousands of gallons of oil spilled
into the ocean, some from a ruptured pipe near Santa Barbara, some 100
miles (160 kilometers) northwest up the coast.
In last week's oil
spill up to 105,000 gallons leaked from a crude pipeline. Two beaches
were closed, and remain so until June 4, officials said Thursday.
Fishing rights were also suspended within a 30-kilometer by 10-kilometer
About 10 seals and sea lions covered in oil were rescued, while dead animals included lobsters and pelicans.
Barbara was the scene of what was then the largest oil spill in US
history, when in 1969 several million gallons of crude spewed into the
ocean after an oil rig blowout.