Cong. Lowenthal Calls For Phasing Out All Existing Offshore Oil Drilling Immediately And Banning Future Offshore Production In Fed'l Waters Along CA's Coasts In Wake Of Huntington Beach Oil Leak/Spill
(Oct. 3, 2021) -- Cong. Alan Lowenthal (D, LB-west OC) has called for phasing out all existing offshore oil drilling operations immediately and banning future offshore oil development or production off in federal waters along California's coasts in the wake of the Huntington Beach oil leak/spill.
"Where you drill, you spill" Cong. Lowenthal said in a written statement, and "when you drill along the coast, when you pipe that oil ashore, our coastlines will bear the brunt of the impacts from such spills."
The crude oil petroleum release (current estimate 126,000 gallons) is strongly suspected by the City of Huntington Beach - but not yet federally determined -- to have come from a pipeline connecting an offshore oil rig 8.6 miles offshore southeasterly of Long Beach's Belmont Pier. Investigators are focusing on a portion of the pipeline about four miles from shore.
In a written statement, Cong. Lowenthal said:
"This oil spill off the coast of Orange County is as tragic as it was preventable. This environmental catastrophe highlights the simple fact that where you drill, you spill. As we are sadly witnessing, when you drill along the coast, when you pipe that oil ashore, our coastlines will bear the brunt of the impacts from such spills.
At an Oct 3 afternoon news conference, officials in a multi-agency unified command said they haven't yet determined the exact location and cause of the oil leak/spill, which has created a crude oil petroleum sheen that has begun fouling Huntington Beach and Newport Beach beaches and oiling sea birds (potentially fatal to them if not swiftly cleaned.)
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network -- contact: (877) 823-6726 -- advises NOT to touch oiled or injured wildlife. Call the group and they'll know what to do.
The firm that operates the pipeline, Beta Operating Co., a subsidary of Houston HQ'd Amplify Energy, said on Sunday (Oct. 3) that it has shut down the pipeline and suctioned out remaining oil in the pipeline.
Tidal flow has kept the oil -- visible and odoriferous in Huntington Beach -- traveling southward toward Newport Beach and away from Long Beach.
Cong. Lowenthal's statement doesn't mention consumer effects of eliminating offshore oil production. Hybrid and alternative energy vehicles are currently prohibitive to many drivers...and consumer gasoline prices in the LA/OC area are already at record levels of $4.00 per gallon and above.
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