Free decontamination stations set up to clean oil-covered boats after Huntington Beach spill – CBS Los Angeles

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – Authorities are setting up free decontamination stations to clean up the dozens of boats that were covered in oil in the aftermath of the Huntington Beach spill last weekend.

Stations will be in place for the estimated 200 boats that have oil stuck to their hulls and need to be cleaned, officials said.

“We are so lucky we have Newport is a site where we will have a decontamination site here,” Orange County supervisor Katrina Foley told CBSLA on Sunday. “So we’ve heard that there are 204 ships – which could be jet skis, boats, sailboats – anything that got oiled last week, can come here to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach to be cleaned up. . “

The United Command, which is leading the oil cleanup effort, is made up of the United States Coast Guard, officials from Orange and San Diego counties, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Amplify Energy, the owner company. of the pipeline that leaked oil. .

The rupture and leak of the pipeline was reported on the morning of October 2. The spill occurred in federal waters at the Elly oil rig, approximately 4 1/2 miles off OC The nearly 18-mile pipeline runs from Amplify Energy’s oil rigs in sea ​​at a pumping station in Long Beach.

Federal authorities have confirmed that a section of the Amplify Energy pipeline was damaged and moved more than 100 feet along the ocean floor, indicating that a ship’s anchor may have caused the spill.

Authorities initially estimated that up to 144,000 gallons of oil may have leaked from the damaged pipeline, but officials said on Thursday the actual amount was likely much lower, though there is still no precise figure. At a press conference Thursday afternoon, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Rebecca Ore estimated about 588 barrels of oil had spilled, which would equate to about 24,700 gallons.

There are questions regarding when Amplify Energy actually discovered the leak and whether there was a delay in reporting to state and federal authorities.

Meanwhile, the Oiled Wildlife Care Network reported on Sunday that its responders have so far recovered 58 species affected by the spill, 50 birds and eight fish. Twenty-six of the birds were recovered alive, but all eight fish were dead.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

About Edward Fries

Check Also

Divers removed 25,000 pounds of trash from Lake Tahoe. Now they want to clean up more Sierra lakes

A first-of-its-kind project to clear underwater trash and trash along Lake Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline wraps …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.