Authorities Think Ship’s Anchor May Have Caused Massive Oil Spill

Authorities Think Ship's Anchor May Have Caused Massive Oil Spill

( – On Friday, October 1, oil started spewing out of a pipeline off the coast of Orange County, California. Between 120,000 and 150,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Pacific Ocean. Authorities might now know what caused the spill.

Reports indicate there’s a possibility a ship’s anchor may be the cause of the damage to the pipeline. It might’ve hooked the line then dragged it, leading to a split in the pipe. Authorities found a 13-inch rip in a 4,000-foot section of the pipeline that had been pulled about 105 feet to the side.

Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher spoke at a news conference on Tuesday and said, “The pipeline has essentially been pulled like a bowstring.”

In addition to the questions about what caused the damage, there are concerns about how long it took authorities to stop the leak and notify the public. On Saturday, millions of people went to the beaches but had no idea the water was contaminated. Further, the first reports of oil on the water happened Friday night. At 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, an alarm in the control room showed the pressure dropped in the pipeline, but Amplify didn’t shut it down until 6:01 a.m., nearly three hours later.

Why did it take so long to shut down the pipeline? Why did the public not learn about the spill until late Saturday? And was a ship’s anchor really responsible for the damage or was it something else? These are all questions that deserve answers.

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