LOS ANGELES – Officials in Southern California on Sunday rushed to quell the damage caused by an oil spill blown off a broken pipe leading to a beach platform.
An estimated 1600 gallons of heavy water was pumped into the water from Orange County on Friday or early Saturday, when sailors began reporting sheen in the water, officials said. The pump and operation on three coastal platforms are provided by Houston-based Amplify Energy Corp. closed Saturday night, CEO Martyn Willsher said.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the Newport Beach Police Department, in Orange County, launched a call for the mysterious smell of explosive oil in the air one Friday. About a day later, officials saw evidence of the pouring.
The statement said the pipeline in question was linked to a 48-year-old platform about eight miles off the coast of Elly. Huntington Beach – which was the site of the Pacific Airshow on Sunday – has canceled its final day due to conditions on the coast. Kim Carr, mayor of Huntington Beach, told Fox 11 that the dumping could pose a “environmental hazard.”
Representative Michelle Steel, R-Calif., Sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Sunday requesting greater publicity for the disaster in Orange County, the statement said.
“Officials are already responding to the preservation of marine life. Dead fish and birds are already being reported on shore and in coastal areas.
Beta Offshore, based in Long Beach, has been charged with felony criminal mischief and is working with the Incident Management Team in maintenance and sanitation, a statement from Huntington Beach said. OC history has portrayed the company as part of Amplify Energy.
Willsher said the pump is 80 to 100 feet below the protruding surface so no oil will leak as the drainage area is being monitored. An hour-long e-mail from Fox News was not returned immediately.
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Some birds and fish were caught in the garbage and died, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said. But on Saturday morning the US Coast Guard said by now there was only one duck that was covered in oil and kept by animals. “Some reports of oil-burning wildlife are being investigated,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report