California oil spill: Business owners frustrated and worried as oil spill forces them to close shop


Kaner said his surf school had a lot of reservations and that this is usually a very busy year.

“This is our prime time for big company parties of 30-40 people to try the California experience of surfing, and that’s all been canceled and refunded,” Kaner said.

Business owners such as Kaner are feeling the brunt of the oil spill. Orange County officials said Thursday that Newport Beach Harbor and Dana Point Harbor are closed. Beaches in the area are either partially or fully closed.

Kaner is listed as a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday by businesses against Houston-based Amplify Energy, the owner of the ruptured pipeline. The lawsuit accuses the company of failing to safely maintain the pipeline and promptly respond. CNN has reached out to Amplify Energy for a comment.

“This has devastated our California coastline in Orange County and it’s having a tremendous impact on our ecological preserves as well as our economics,” said Orange…

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