The Coast Guard estimates that an offshore pipeline leak in Southern California spilled about 25,000 gallons of crude oil. AP Report.
why it matters: What officials initially feared is on the low end when the state Justice Department launched an investigation into a massive oil spill off the Huntington Beach coast in Orange County. Officials originally considered the leak to be at least 25,000 gallons and no more than 132,000 gallons.
big picture: The leak from Huntington Beach was originally confirmed on October 2 when Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said thousands of gallons of oil leaking from an offshore oil rig were the result of “environmental catastrophe”.
- Coast Guard Capt. Rebecca Ore said Thursday that the spill amounted to about 588 barrels per ap.
- “We actually dodged a bullet,” Carr said, per Los Angeles Times. “You can’t help but think about the worst when you hear that thousands of gallons of oil have been released and quickly coming to your shores.”
What will happen next: The cause of the leak is being investigated, but Coast Guard officials said the oil came from a pipeline owned by Houston-based Amplify Energy that had been damaged by the ship’s anchorage.