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'Catastrophic' California oil spill kills fish, damages wetlands

CommoditiesOct 05, 2021 02:59AM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. A fish swims under oil slicks in the Talbert Channel after a major oil spill off the coast of California has come ashore in Huntington Beach, California, U.S. October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Gene Blevins 2/2

By Gene Blevins and Jonathan Allen

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) -A large oil spill off the southern California coast left fish dead, birds mired in petroleum and wetlands contaminated, in what local officials called an environmental catastrophe.

The U.S. Coast Guard, heading a clean-up response involving federal, state and city agencies, on Sunday announced an around-the-clock investigation into how the spill occurred.

An estimated 126,000 gallons, or 3,000 barrels, had spread into an oil slick covering about 13 square miles of the Pacific Ocean since it was first reported on Saturday morning, Kim Carr, the mayor of Huntington Beach, told a news conference.

She called the spill an "environmental catastrophe" and a "potential ecological disaster". The beachside city, about 40 miles (65 km) south of Los Angeles, was bearing the brunt of the spill.

Carr added: "Our wetlands are being degraded and portions of our coastline are now covered in oil."

The spill was caused by a breach connected to the Elly oil rig and stretched from the Huntington Beach Pier down to Newport Beach, an area popular with surfers and sunbathers.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife ordered a fishery closure for coastal areas affected by the spill.

The closure will extend from Huntington Beach to Dana Point for the coastal areas, and it will extend up to six miles off the coastal points for the offshore area, the department said https://socalspillresponse-com-jtti.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/03185106/Declaration-of-Fisheries-Closure-10.2.2021.pdf late Sunday.

Carr said the oil rig was operated by Beta Offshore, a California subsidiary of Houston-based Amplify Energy (NYSE:AMPY) Corporation. Calls to Beta and Amplify went unanswered.

Carr, in her remarks, added: "In the coming days and weeks we challenge the responsible parties to do everything possible to rectify this environmental catastrophe."

Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher said at a press conference in Long Beach that the pipeline had been shut off and remaining oil suctioned out. He said divers were still trying to determine where and why the spill occurred.

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U.S. Representative Michelle Steel, a Republican representing part of the affected area, sent a letter to Democratic President Joe Biden requesting a major disaster declaration for Orange County, which would free up federal funds to help with the clean-up efforts.

Steel later told CNN: "This is a really serious disaster".

Cottie Petrie-Norris, a Democratic state assembly member representing some areas affected by the spill, said she had "huge concerns" about the extent of the damage to the environment, communities and local economy.

She told CNN the spill was a "call to action that we need to stop drilling off our precious California coast."

Oil production off California's coast has declined sharply since its peak in the 1990s, in part due to the state's strict environmental rules. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom said he wants to end oil drilling in the state by 2045.

Offshore drilling was restricted in the state after a devastating 1969 oil spill off Santa Barbara that dumped 80,000 barrels into the ocean. Another spill off Santa Barbara in 2015 sent as much as 2,400 barrels onto the shore and into the Pacific.

Oceana, an ocean conservation group, also called for an end to offshore oil and gas drilling.

Jacqueline Savitz, Oceana's chief policy officer, said in a statement: "This is just the latest tragedy of the oil industry. It's well past time to prevent future oil spills by permanently protecting our coasts from offshore drilling."

The spill occurred in federal waters. Officials said federal, state and city agencies were involved in a response headed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

On Sunday, Orange County supervisor Katrina Foley said the oil had infiltrated the Talbert Marsh, a large ecological reserve, causing "significant damage."

Beaches were closed to swimming and a local air show was canceled, although some people were undeterred from setting up chairs on the beach to enjoy a sunny Sunday or strolling along the pier.

Carr said officials had deployed 2,050 feet (625 meters) of protective booms, which help contain and slow the oil flows.

The U.S. Coast Guard, working with local and state agencies, flew airplanes and deployed boats to assess the spill and had hired contractors to clean it up. About 3,150 gallons of oil have been recovered from the water, the Coast Guard said.

Officials said they were investigating the cause of the spill and the type of oil involved.

'Catastrophic' California oil spill kills fish, damages wetlands
 

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Josh OBarr
Josh OBarr Oct 05, 2021 3:54AM ET
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Why are they making such a big deal over such a small oil spill?
John Lakran
John Lakran Oct 04, 2021 6:38AM ET
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Sabotage? I can easily see a left wing nut doing that in an attempt to get their way of no drilling.
Joseph Cornell
JoeWayne Oct 04, 2021 5:10AM ET
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LOL, they will do anything to keep oil up...
Mike Mike
Mike Mike Oct 04, 2021 2:44AM ET
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wild fire
Mike Mike
Mike Mike Oct 04, 2021 2:43AM ET
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It was wild now. Now it's oil. Clean up your chit, ComieFunknia!
Steven Jacobs
Steven Jacobs Oct 04, 2021 12:45AM ET
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Oil is the devil. Stop drilling off CA coasts. Better yet stop drilling everywhere. Go to clean energy before global warming kills the planet
Dron Forbes
Dron Forbes Oct 04, 2021 12:45AM ET
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Ignorant statemenrs are rhe devil. Clean energy cant even sustain the planet yet. In fact clean energy was failing California just a few weeks ago and your precious state begged to turn the oil taps to the maximum. Put down the cucumber shake and pick up a book.
Darryl Allen
Darryl Allen Oct 04, 2021 12:45AM ET
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Ironically, energy regulation disproportionately harms the poor that Democrats claim to care about.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 04, 2021 12:01AM ET
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al of this over another oil spill ....from reading some of these posts the right wing supporters are all suffering some form of political disfunction and paranoia.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 03, 2021 11:54PM ET
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sounds like Tom Scurlo has a problem with political paranoia.
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Oct 03, 2021 10:13PM ET
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I can't believe the inane political posts that accompany an article like this. Do you honestly think anyone with an IQ higher than Kentucky believes your BS?
Jim Horn
Jim Horn Oct 03, 2021 10:13PM ET
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I totally agree as I am in OC..really sad these are the reactions when our coast is covered in oil:(
Tom Scurlo
Tom Scurlo Oct 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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Lefties at it again…. Stirring of catastrophies to achieve their plans.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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oh...how diabolical
Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor Oct 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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Seems funny that Washington is pushing their oil free america and what better way to say told you so. How much oil did the valdez ship spill and it was cleaned up.
Hunt Richardson
Hunt Richardson Oct 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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you must not have been alive during the Exxon Valdez oil spill. it took 3 years to clean up and cause billions of dollars in damage to commercial fishing and tourism, not to mention killing hundreds of thousands of fish, birds and marine mammals
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Oct 03, 2021 9:02PM ET
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Newsome escaped the recall, so new waves of liberal fascism are hitting the California shores.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 03, 2021 9:02PM ET
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but Todd, the California voters new what the alternative was and that would have been very very ugly for California.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Oct 03, 2021 8:59PM ET
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It's likely more oil is naturally burped out of the seafloor every single year, than all the oil spills in history caused by man. Over sensationalization, like everything else in this society of over sensationalization, is at an all time epic tube ride - to deep in the pocket to escape the biggest economic thrashing of all time. Everybody wants some TV time, and a piece of limelight. Nobody cares about the affect it all has on millions, as long as "their" doing well enough. Hitler liked it that way. Screw all them, so we can have more of what we want.
William Smith
William Smith Oct 03, 2021 8:45PM ET
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California would be smart to ban all oil and gas drilling and also ban the use of both oil and natural gas products in the state.
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Oct 03, 2021 8:44PM ET
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Amazing this happens as they are trying to pass their "radical" climate agenda. And off the coast of Cali no less! Smells fishy
Ethan Strong
Ethan Strong Oct 03, 2021 8:37PM ET
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Check out all the toxic, hatred, and low level iq comments below ⬇️
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Oct 03, 2021 8:37PM ET
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have a cup of hot cocoa sweetie
Ethan Strong
Ethan Strong Oct 03, 2021 8:37PM ET
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James Edwards baby brain response from a subhuman
Mashaka Msiska
Mashaka Msiska Oct 03, 2021 7:46PM ET
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It's time we start to look after the environment as our future depends on it
William Smith
William Smith Oct 03, 2021 7:46PM ET
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I trust you have stopped using all oil and gas products in your personal life. Congratulations.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Oct 03, 2021 7:46PM ET
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Hypocrisy everywhere to the left. Not sure if they even realize it
Robert Brouillet
Robert Brouillet Oct 03, 2021 6:44PM ET
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Have no fear, God's got this . . . Right!
Phil Ht
Phil Ht Oct 03, 2021 6:40PM ET
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Who cares what happens ro California. Cesspool
Matius Marv
Matius Marv Oct 03, 2021 6:36PM ET
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ALL MANIPULATED . BULLISH , GOOD PLAY
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 03, 2021 6:36PM ET
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that's what typhoid Mary said about the plague she was spreading.
John Tenaglia
John Tenaglia Oct 03, 2021 6:03PM ET
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Black swan
Gary Christy
Gary Christy Oct 03, 2021 5:54PM ET
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California ought to do without any oil or gas for one year. that will be all it takes for them to change their mind
William Hineser
William Hineser Oct 03, 2021 5:03PM ET
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Won't make any difference in the long run.
Billy Roriz
Billy Roriz Oct 03, 2021 3:19PM ET
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Market is not going to like this ecological disaster
Randy Randy
randy00 Oct 03, 2021 3:19PM ET
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Naah, it's just California.
Prazal Gurung
Prazal Gurung Oct 03, 2021 2:39PM ET
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Keep up the good work oil companies and check your pocket if you lost your one dollar..
 
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