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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Officials say oil slick off Huntington Beach may be remnants from broken pipeline

State officials said the remains may be from a damaged pipeline seen off the coast of Huntington Beach on Saturday, which dumped thousands of gallons of crude oil into the ocean last month.

A nearly 30-foot-by-70-foot sheen was reported just before 9 a.m. on Saturday, according to a database of oil spill reports maintained by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Eric Laughlin said “dive teams performing routine inspections of the San Pedro Bay Pipeline later found “small droplets of oil from the damaged section of the pipeline.”

The drops were seen in a specially designed wrap around that was placed around the pipeline after the rupture was discovered on 2 October. The divers changed the wrap.

Visible flashes on Saturday prompted a US Coast Guard flyover to look for more evidence of the spill. Laughlin said flights in the early afternoon on Saturday and Sunday showed no further evidence of an oil spill.

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The damaged pipeline previously connected the Alley and Allen oil platforms to an onshore facility. It has been closed since the October 2 spill.

By that day, the broken pipeline had spilled about 26,000 gallons of oil into the ocean, removing a massive oil layer that ran from Huntington Beach to Dana Point. The beaches were closed for almost a month due to clean-up efforts.

Houston-based Amplify Energy, which owns the pipeline and two oil platforms, on Saturday made preliminary reports of a flare on the water.

The report was sent to the Coast Guard from Witt O’Briens, an emergency consulting firm hired by Amplify to run communications for the company’s response to the oil spill.

A spokesperson for Amplify was not immediately available to comment on Saturday’s glowing report.

California officials said no wildlife was affected by the glow that appeared on Saturday and they believe it may have gone extinct.

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