Ethiopia: Loan from United Nations Fund Allows Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to Scale Up Fertilizers for Farmers in TigrayRead more How Choosing the Right Printer Helps Small Businesses and Content Creators to Save Time, Maximise Productivity and Achieve GrowthRead more The United States Contributes USD $223 Million to Help World Food Programme (WFP) Save Lives and Stave Off Severe Hunger in South SudanRead more Eritrea: World Breastfeeding WeekRead more Eritrean community festival in Scandinavian countriesRead more IOM: Uptick in Migrants Heading Home as World Rebounds from COVID-19Read more Network International & Infobip to offer WhatsApp for Business Banking Services to Financial Institution Clients across AfricaRead more Ambassador Jacobson Visits Gondar in the Amhara Region to Show Continued U.S. Support for the Humanitarian and Development Needs of EthiopiansRead more Voluntary Repatriation of Refugees from Angola to DR Congo ResumesRead more Senegal and Mauritania Are Rich in Resources, Poor in Infrastructure, Now Is the Time to Change That Read more

Robust investigation, rigorous cleanup on California oil spill continue

show caption
AFP Photo
Print Friendly and PDF

Oct 08, 2021 - 10:15 AM

MAYORS AND CITIES – Investigation continues to pin down the cause of the biggest oil spill in decades in Southern California, with the focus now on a cargo ship anchored near the pipe line before the oil was seen.

A video obtained by CNN showed a 13-inch slash in the pipeline which officials claim has spilled 144, 000 gallons of crude oil into the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard looks into the connection of the cargo ship on the pipeline’s tear as a marine navigation service said the sea transport has made a series of strange movements while anchored near the Amplify Energy’s pipeline.

In an interview with CNN’s “At This Hour” on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis (D-CA), said that the Coast Guard is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify what really caused the spill.

She emphasized the importance of a “federally-driven” investigation, with the support of the state and local governments to get to the bottom of the matter.

“Oil production off of the California Coast has been steadily decreasing since its peak in the 1990s. We are very forward-leaning on combating climate change. I think for a lot of people, there is just astonishment. And, of course, it’s very upsetting to see this could still happen here in California,” she said.

Part of the investigation is the timing on the reporting of Amplify Energy to state and federal officials when the oil sheen was seen on the site.

Amplify Energy’s CEO Martyn Willsher has earlier said that there were delays on the communication as its instant response commander notified the agencies. “There was no lag in the communications from the time that we were aware that oil on water,” Willsher said.

“I think this is all part of the investigation and timing is a really important part of it. It’s not just when they were notified, but when they should have known that this was happening,” Kounalakis said.

Cleanup efforts

Volunteers and professional groups have started offering their service for cleaning up the spill, adding extra hands to the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

AFP reported that over 300 personnel were deployed in the emergency response to the environmental disaster.

“…with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, with the Coast Guard, with our volunteers, there will be hundreds, if not, over a thousand volunteers out there doing the work, and, of course, professional entities doing the work of cleaning this up as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Kounalakis said.

She cited the impact of the spill on the ecological and tourism aspects.

The spill sent dead fish and birds ashore while the 15-mile stretch of the affected coastline was closed to fishing activities.

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.