Officials on Monday said they were looking into the possibility that the ship’s anchor had damaged the pipeline and caused a major oil spill that began over the weekend and damaged many beaches in Southern California.
The oil spill is one of the largest in modern California history, with approximately 16,000 gallons of waste not being dumped on the beach. Miles of beaches in Orange County may be closed for weeks as cleaning operations continue.
Martyn Willsher, CEO of Amplify Energy, which operates a faulty pump, said the anchor hitting the pump “is one of the clearest opportunities,” according to The Associated Press.
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jeannie Shaye agreed with this, saying, “We’re looking at a possible anchor from the ship, but that’s in the review section right now.”
According to Willsher, some researchers have examined more than 8,000 feet of pipe and are looking at “one interesting place.”
Shortly after the oil spill started, workers moved to close the pump and extract as much oil as possible. Thus, Sunday morning, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley shared on Twitter that the dumping was a “serious environmental impact” on Huntington Beach.
“We started looking for dead birds & fish washing up on the beach,” Foley said.
According to the AP, Orange County district attorney Todd Spitzer said he had commissioned investigators to determine if he could bring national charges to the draft. Spitzer also said various Amplify models should not be allowed to be near the pipeline without independent powers from it.
Many Californian Democrats have called for a halt or halt of coastal excavations in light of the dumping.
“Oil spills off the coast of Orange County repeat the dangers of mining offshore,” said Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein introduces a bill requiring vaccines or aviation exams Congress’s work in the AUKUS nuclear-under-nuclear agreement No. (D-Calif.). “These deviations show why we must also take steps to prevent future recession, including passing the West Coast Ocean Protection Act. Our bill would completely ban oil and gas drilling from off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington. “
Newly appointed junior California Sen. Alex padillaAlex Padilla Politicians back in Hollywood workers are threatening California history of ruling over change means Padilla faces another election Democrats see Harris as the main player in the middle (D) tweeted“We have seen from time to time the effects of oil spills on the international coast and in our environment.” We have the power to prevent future collapse – that’s why I’m committed to ending oil drilling, ”he said.