Officials knew of California oil spill 12 hours before cleanup began (The Guardian)
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More than 12 hours passed after officials were notified of a sheen on the water off the coast of southern California before a response to the Huntington Beach oil spill began, records show. Questions are now arising over why the response took so long and how that might have intensified the ecological disaster taking form on the Orange county coastline.
The US Coast Guard said in a statement on Tuesday that the initial reports of a spill weren’t enough to warrant sending out boats to look for a leak.
Authorities say a pipeline that leaked tens of thousands of gallons oil into the water was split open and apparently dragged along the ocean floor. The coastguard captain Rebecca Ore said Tuesday that divers had determined about 4,000ft (1,219 meters) of the pipeline had been “laterally displaced” by about 105ft. She did not say what might have caused the displacement.
Roughly 126,000 gallons (572,807 liters) of heavy crude seeped into the ocean off Huntington Beach over the weekend, splattering the beaches with black. Coastal fisheries in the area are closed to commercial and recreational fishing, and the governor, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency late on Monday. County prosecutors and federal agencies were considering charges and lawsuits.
Orange County oil spill renews calls to ban offshore drilling (Los Angeles Times via MSN)
A massive oil spill off the Orange County coast that’s fouled beaches and ecologically sensitive wetlands in what officials are calling an environmental catastrophe has renewed calls to ban offshore drilling.
The spill, first reported Saturday morning but perhaps detected the night before, originated from a pipeline running from the Port of Long Beach to an offshore oil platform known as Elly. The failure caused roughly 144,000 gallons of oil to gush into the Catalina Channel, creating a slick that spanned thousands of miles.
In the days that followed, the spill has left crude along stretches of sand in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach, killing fish and birds and threatening sensitive marine habitats.
“The ecological and economic damage from this oil spill has the potential to reverberate for generations,” state Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) said this week. At a news conference Tuesday, Min called the spill “either a case of negligence or inaction.”
Here is what The Guardian or The Los Angeles Times is not telling you, Houston-based company Amplify Energy Corp had cited with 70 safety and maintenance violations in the past year. The information about the violations was posted on Weather Channel Website. At this moment, the press is reporting a boat anchor did the damage. This information is not based on fact, it is only speculation that the pipeline may have been dragged for One Thousand feet. Because of assorted pipelines running on the ocean bottom, commercial vessels have strict anchor zones outside the harbor. Grandpa’s and Grandma’s 25-foot, 400HP speed boat is not capable of dragging a pipeline a distance of One Thousand feet, even if they had an anchor chain long enough to reach the bottom. NOAA has satellite data on the impact area, which is being investigated. It would not be the first time The Los Angeles Times ran cover for the pretorium industry.
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October 5, 2021 at 11:35 PM #448451jbnwParticipant
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There should be systems to monitor oil flow in and from the pipe . . .
October 6, 2021 at 2:39 AM #448482Utopian LeftistParticipant
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The Guardian article said it was a segment of pipeline 4,000 feet long that got moved. An anchor would have snagged something and broken it open but would not have dragged 4,000 feet of pipeline. Not even a ship anchor would do that, I don’t think.
Grandpa’s and Grandma’s 25-foot, 400HP speed boat is not capable of dragging a pipeline a distance of One Thousand feet, even if they had an anchor chain long enough to reach the bottom.
Exactly. I could see where an anchor might snag a pipeline and break it open, but not drag a 4,000 foot segment! Only I can’t think of what could have done this other than a human with bad intentions. I mean, 4,000 feet of pipe doesn’t get moved by accident, does it? Surely there are no whales that big. Maybe if dinosaurs still lived?
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