Update (October 5, 2021): Records show the US Coast Guard received a report of a possible Southern California oil spill Friday evening — more than 12 hours before a pipeline company reported it and the Coast Guard launched a cleanup effort. State reports reviewed yesterday by The Associated Press raise questions about the Coast Guard’s response time as well as how quickly Amplify Energy recognized it had a problem with its pipeline and notified authorities. Officials are investigating whether a ship’s anchor may have struck the pipeline on the ocean floor. Heavy crude has contaminated the sands of Huntington Beach and other coastal communities. – The Canadian Press
Crews on the water and on shore are working feverishly to limit environmental damage from one of the largest oil spills in recent California history. An underwater Southern California pipeline owned by Amplify Energy started leaking oil late Friday or early Saturday. The company’s CEO says divers on Sunday were still trying to determine exactly where the leak occurred. The pipeline and three oil platforms it serves have been shut down. At least 477,000 litres of oil spilled into ocean waters off Orange County, affecting famed Huntington Beach. The mayor says the city’s beaches could remain closed for weeks or even months.
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