State officials contained an oil splinter that was spotted in the Talbert Channel near Huntington Beach Friday morning.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, crews working to replace the steep slab walls had noticed a slight sheen.
“Due to the milky-brownish characteristics of the oil, officials believe it may have come from an abandoned pipeline,” state officials said.
The splinter was contained and crews continued to monitor the situation, officials said. in a tweet Friday afternoon.
“No oil observed at Talbert Marsh; no oiled fauna observed,” according to the tweet.
Last October, after about 25,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a broken pipeline connected to an offshore platform in Orange County, oil seeped into the environmentally sensitive Talbert Swamp.
Although authorities initially feared the worst as crashing waves lifted dead fish and oil-covered birds struggled to take flight, a combination of luck, favorable weather and an aggressive response officials who had learned from previous spills softened the blow.
Officials pointed to the favorable ocean current, which carried the oil plumes south without large amounts of oil reaching the shores.
Beaches as far south as San Diego County saw tar balls but escaped major oil flooding. This was in stark contrast to the much larger American Trader oil spill of 1990, which left beaches, piers and wetlands covered in crude, littering 15 miles of beach in Orange County.
A spokesperson for the Department of Fish and Wildlife could not be reached for further information on Friday’s outburst.