Katrina Foley, an Orange County supervisor, tweeted that the oil spilled from Platform Elly, operated by Beta Offshore, a Long Beach, Calif., unit of Houston’s Amplify Energy. She said birds and fish had begun to wash ashore, and that oil continued to spill from the rig, despite reports that workers had moved to shut the pipeline down and use pressurized equipment to retrieve as much oil as possible soon after the incident was reported.
Tonight I joined local and state officials to update the community on the oil spill hitting Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
All agencies, including environmental and wildlife, are working together to mitigate the damage and reduce the impact to our beautiful coast. pic.twitter.com/Y8w2ebQsJs
— Supervisor Katrina Foley (@SupervisorFoley) October 3, 2021
“We recognize the gravity of the situation,” California state assembly member Cottie Petrie-Norris told reporters at a news conference on Saturday. “We are and will continue to fight this with all our collective resources to ensure that we avert this from becoming a major environmental disaster.”
The largest oil spill ever to have occurred in the waters off California, near Santa Barbara in 1969, spilled an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil within a 10-day period and killed an estimated 3,500 sea birds, as well as marine animals such as dolphins, elephant seals, and sea lions. It reportedly provided the inspiration for Earth Day. The latest spill is so far estimated at 3,000 barrels.
“At some point we must address these types of spills and how they are wreaking such havoc not only just on our environment, but also on our economics in our communities,” Foley, the Orange County supervisor, told reporters.