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Freeway Traffic Might Be Light, But Our Coastline Is A Different Story

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Is there a Sig Alert at sea? Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
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We land lovers might be finding what little joy we can from Southern California's clear freeways and clearer skies, but there is one traffic jam forming right now, just a bit west of Pacific Coast Highway.

As of Thursday afternoon, 27 oil tankers were lined up in our coastal waters, carrying crude oil nobody needs right now, because of a worldwide oil glut and (you guessed it) coronavirus.

This video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows what it looks like:

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"Due to the unique nature of this situation, the Coast Guard is constantly evaluating and adapting our procedures to ensure the safety of the vessels at anchor and the protection of the surrounding environment," Cmdr. Marshall Newberry from the USGS' Los Angeles/Long Beach Sector said in a press release.

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