The break-in, reported Saturday, occurred about five miles off the coast of Huntington Beach in Orange County, pouring the equivalent of an estimated three thousand bills – or 166 liters – of post-impurities, local officials said.
The newcomers were inspecting a 17-mile pump, hoping to find the exact loss, but the leak appears to have stopped, officials said at a news conference Sunday.
Parts of the beach at Huntington Beach were closed on Saturday, with Mayor Kim Carr on Sunday describing the loss as an “environmental hazard.”
“Throughout the year, which is filled with unimaginable stress, this lost oil is one of the worst situations our community has faced in decades,” Carr said. “We are doing everything in our power to protect the health and safety of our citizens, our visitors and our communities.”
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said Sunday that dead birds and fish were being washed off the beach.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) said Sunday night that more than 3,000 liters of oil had been removed from the water.
“Fourteen boats operated on Sunday afternoon to refuel Sunday … Four planes were sent for check-ups.
The reason for the drop under investigation
Willsher said the company is working with a number of national, government and coalition agencies to improve the situation.
“Our staff live and work in these areas, and we are all deeply affected and concerned about the impact not only on the environment, but on fish and wildlife as well,” said Willsher. “We will do everything in our power to ensure that this is restored as soon as possible, and we will not do so before this happens.”
Willsher said his company notified Coast Guard Saturday morning when crews were doing a line inspection and saw the sheen in the water.
Willsher said pumping stations were built in the late 1970s and early 1980s and are inspected every year, including during an epidemic.
Willsher said the pipeline was “pulled at both ends to keep the leaks out,” and did not expect more fuel to be released.
The cause of the leak is unknown.
Eric Laughin, public relations officer for the Department of Fish and Wildlife in California, told a news conference Sunday, “We’re still investigating the source of the findings. It doesn’t seem like there’s any oil coming out, but we’re still working to find out.”
The Federal Bureau of Protection, Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) told CNN that it was assisting in the USCG-led approach to waste oil.
In a statement Sunday, the BSEE said its mission was to help “identify the location and location of the leak and provide technical assistance to the Unified Command in stopping the crash.”
It affects human health
In a health directive, Orange County Health Care Agency’s County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau said the effects of exposure to fats can vary and that anyone experiencing adverse symptoms should contact their doctor.
“Even if the oil sheen may be invisible, scattered and broken essential oils may still be present in the water,” Chau said.
The agency said the symptoms of oily or irritating allergies could include, skin, eye, nose and throat irritation, headache, dizziness, vomiting or shortness of breath.
“Inhaling toxic oil fumes or other oil-soluble compounds from airborne waves can cause this effect. Older people, children, and people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma will suffer from the effects of inhaling oil fumes,” the agency said.
CNN’s Sonnet Swire, Claudia Dominguez and Cheri Mossburg helped with the report.