Oil spotted again off OC coast, source unknown



Orange County is grappling with its third offshore oil burst in the past three weeks, and officials still don’t know where it came from.

A tweet from the California Department of Fisheries and Wildlife’s office of spill prevention and response said the shard was about a mile off the coast of Bolsa Chica State Beach.

At this time, there is no known estimated size of the shard and no known source where the oil may have come from.

The new burst follows two other oil bursts spotted last Thursday, one near Bolsa Chica and another near Huntington Beach.

There has also been no statement from the US Coast Guard, which dealt with the two shrapnel reported last Thursday, on the source of oil from which the shards came.

[Read: Oil Spotted Off Orange County Coast For Third Time in Three Months]

Reports of new shards off the coast have become regular announcements since an oil pipeline leaked near the Huntington Beach coast on the weekend of October 2 and sent about 25,000 gallons of oil to County of Orange.

Federal prosecutors last week revealed they were charging Amplify Energy, the company that managed the pipeline, with criminal negligence, alleging that pipeline operators had ignored several leak alarms and that the oil rig was understaffed.

[Read: Federal Prosecutors Criminally Charge Amplify Energy Over OC Oil Spill]

It’s still unclear if Amplify is responsible for any of the outbursts spotted this month.

Divers sent by the Coast Guard confirmed last week that the envelope at the edge of the pipeline was holding, but did not announce any other sources.

Noah Biesiada is a member of Voice of OC Reporting. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @NBiesiada.


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