Michelle Steele, representing the injured Orange in the US Congress, in a letter addressed to US President Joe Biden, asked to declare the district a major disaster zone. In this case, funds from the federal budget will be allocated to clean up the area.
The damaged pipeline to the oil platform is operated by Beta Offshore, a Californian subsidiary of Amplify Energy Corporation based in Houston.
Amplify Energy CEO Martin Wilscher said at a press conference that the pipeline was shut down after the accident and the remaining oil was pumped out. According to him, divers are trying to find the place of the leak and find out its cause.
The current oil spill is much more serious than the environmental disaster that occurred in the San Francisco Bay in 2007. Then the cargo ship Cosco Busan crashed into the bridge in heavy fog and was damaged. 220 thousand liters of fuel poured into the water, which killed more than 6.8 thousand birds.
An even bigger accident occurred in December 1990. Then from the tanker American Trader, standing off the coast of Huntington Beach, more than 1.5 million liters of oil flowed out, writes Los Angeles Times.
And the largest oil spill in the history of California was in 1969. Then, as a result of an explosion on a drilling platform, almost 16 million liters of oil fell into the ocean off the coast of Santa Barbara.