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October 18: Corrective Action Order Issued Against the Company Involved in Massive Pipeline Spill last week
Corrective Action Order (CAO) issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) requires Beta Offshore, a subsidiary of Amplify Energy Corp., to take certain corrective actions with respect to a rupture that occurred on the 16-inch San Pedro Bay Pipeline that failed offshore near the cities of Long Beach, and Huntington Beach, California.
This order requires the company to take the necessary corrective actions to protect the public, property, and the environment from potential hazards associated with the October 2, 2021 rupture.
PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received multiple applications for actions on special permits. Interested parties may submit comments on any application until November 12, 2021. All comments must include the application number and be submitted in triplicate.
EPA is proposing new use rules for chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. The new rules will require manufactures and produces of those chemical substances to notify EPA 90 days before production. The 90 days would provide EPA adequate time to initiate the evaluation of use, under the conditions of use for that chemical substance, within the applicable review period. Interested parties may submit comments on the new rules until November 12, 2021.
Officials believe they have identified the cause of the 144,000 gallon oil spill off the California coast earlier this week. Authorities discovered a 13-inch split in a 4,000-foot section of the pipe which had been pulled 105 feet to the side.
Martyn Willsher, Amplify Energy CEO, said “The pipeline has essentially been pulled like a bow string. And so at its widest point is about 105 feet away from where it was. So, it is kind of an almost a semicircle.” Authorities believe an anchor may have hooked the pipeline.
The oil spread along the shores from Huntington Beach to Laguna Beach. The Coast Guard expects that to spread farther south due to wind and currents. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency following the spill. “The state is moving to cut red tape and mobilize all available resources to protect public health and the environment…”As California continues to lead the nation in phasing out fossil fuels and combating the climate crisis, this incident serves as a reminder of the enormous cost fossil fuels have on our communities. Destructive offshore drilling practices sacrifice our public health, the economy, and our environment.”
By Tuesday 4,800 gallons of oil had already been recovered from the water using 11,400 feet of boom. A boom describes a floating barrier that is used to contain an oil spill.
Orange County Supervisor, Katrina Foley, said “This has devastated our California coastline in Orange County, and it’s having a tremendous impact on our ecological preserves as well as our economics. We need answers and the public deserves answers.”
An investigation into the Old Forge, NY derailment has determined the cause to be sabotage. Webb police department, in cooperation with DOT Investigations Bureau and Adirondack Railroad officials, investigated the derailment and determined there was no mechanical or human error. The derailment was caused because someone forcefully removing padlocks on the railroad switch and purposely manipulating the switch.
Webb Police Chief Johnston is asking local residents to call the police department or the DOT Investigations Bureau if they have seen anything suspicious in the last two weeks or if they have any direct knowledge of the sabotage.
A Union Pacific freight train carrying hydrochloric acid derailed in Smithsville, TX on Sunday morning. There were no injuries were reported. Twenty-five families were evacuated for twelve hours while the air quality around the derailment site was being monitored for safety.
According to officials, the tanker cars that derailed were empty but did contain residual hydrochloric acid and began leaking. All residents were able to return to their homes by 3:30 pm.
Train carrying hydrochloric acid derails in Smithville, prompts evacuations