California pipeline could have been damaged up to a year before oil spill, U.S. Coast Guard says

UniqueThis 19 October 8, 2021

By Tori B. Powell

/ CBS News

The pipeline responsible for the massive oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach last week could have been damaged up to a year before it leaked thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The pipeline was likely struck by an anchor multiple times and dragged across the ocean floor for more than 100 feet, officials said. 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard determined from video evidence that a ship's anchor likely hooked and damaged the underwater pipeline, which now has a linear 13-inch fracture, Coast Guard captain Jason Neubauer said Friday at a press conference. Since the initial fracture, Neubauer said the pipeline has seen "significant growth" to the damage. 

"That has refocused the frame and timeframe of our investigation to at least several months to a year," he said, adding that the last time the pipeline was identified to be in tact was in October 2020. Since then, Neubauer said the pipe has been dragged 105 feet across the ocean and has experienced casing damage. 

An investigation into the timeline of the events which led to the spill is underway. Officials said they will analyze one year's worth of automatic identification system data and radar images from multiple sources.

"That data will take some time to review and we already have several leads," the captain said.

The spill from an offshore oil rig, identified last weekend, was initially reported to have leaked 126,000 gallons of oil near Huntington Beach in Southern California. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency, and Orange County's board of supervisors declared a local emergency in the wake of what some considered the largest oil spill the area has ever seen. 

But this week, officials said they may have miscalculated when initially estimating the scope of the spill. According to CBS Los Angeles, U.S. Coast Guard captain Rebecca Ore said there was "speculation of about 30,000 gallons" — far less than the initial estimate of 126,000 gallons. The numbers have not yet been confirmed. 

"But that would make more sense," she said at a press conference, according to CBS Los Angeles. 

On Friday, the first boat sailed out of Newport Harbor after five days of closure, CBS LA reporter Mechele Gile reported. Surrounding beaches experienced closures following the oil spill and California State Parks on Wednesday said it is "actively working" to reopen closed beaches amid "this tragic incident."

First boat out of Newport Harbor in 5 days due to oil spill. Newport and Dana Point harbors are now open ⁦@CBSLA#ocoilspill. Photo Source: Brad Avery pic.twitter.com/AVJieqM9iL

— michele gile (@michelegiletv) October 8, 2021
Tori B. Powell

Tori B. Powell is a breaking news reporter at CBS News. Reach her at tori.powell@cbsinteractive.com

First published on October 8, 2021 / 10:53 PM

© 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.


U.S. adds just 194,000 jobs in September; Annual yard sale funds woman's random acts of kindness
0 comments
An investigation into the timeline of the events which led to the spill is underway.
0 comments
As India's brutal second coronavirus wave ravaged the country this spring, Ankit Srivastava went from hospital to hospital, trying to find help for his ailing mother.
0 comments
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Friday warned President Joe Biden he should not expect cooperation on raising the debt ceiling again, a day after he voted with Democrats to overcome a&h...
0 comments
Seven Senate Republicans defied former President Donald Trump by voting to convict him for inciting an insurrection after losing the 2020 election. But eight months later, they're largely respondin...
0 comments
The best Dyson air purifier deals will help you grab a bargain on models that usually boast a notoriously premium price.
0 comments
With these common air purifier myths debunked, you’ll have a better understanding of how they work to remove airborne particles.
0 comments
Apparently, HBO's drunk robot show is filming another run of episodes. Here's everything we know.
0 comments
Kanye West got no VIP treatment at the airport.
0 comments
MLB announcer Jim Kaat is apologizing for making a slavery reference during Yoán Moncada's at-bat on Friday.
0 comments
R. Kelly victim Faith Rodgers says he was not railroaded and threatened her for coming out against him.
0 comments
MILAN -- With Italy’s vaccination campaign now advanced, the government has finally given the green light for nightclubs to reopen next week. It’s been a long wait.Glasses remain stacked upside dow...
0 comments
A peeling portrait of Polish piano composer Frederic Chopin purchased at a flea market hung modestly in a private house in Poland for almost three decades before an expert dated the painting to the...
0 comments
A new lava flow has belched out from the La Palma volcano, and it threatens to spread more destruction on the Atlantic Ocean island where molten rock streams have already engulfed over 1,000 buildings
0 comments
Learn which types of produce are in season this October and what to cook with them! You'll find plenty of healthy seasonal recipes here.
0 comments
The White House has informed the National Archives that it is not asserting executive privilege on an initial batch of documents related to the January 6 violence at the US Capitol, paving the way ...
0 comments
Why "Ted Lasso's" Rebecca and Keeley are among TV's best female friends of all-time, Apple TV's "Acapulco," and the skits we'd love to see as Kim Kardashian is set to host "Saturday Night Live."
0 comments
Gov. Inslee receives some choice words from a state trooper signing off ahead of Monday.
0 comments
Hooters has caved on the new pantie bottoms they wanted their girls to wear.
0 comments
The British spy who collected the "pee tape" intel speaks out publicly.
0 comments
The couple that's been all about each other are going to be man and wife!
0 comments
The veteran TV actor talks all the details about 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'You,' from making television during the pandemic to keeping his big return to 'Grey's' under wraps.
0 comments
The hotly anticipated return of the singer led to tears, personal confessions, and memes.
0 comments
Wondering what the benefits of yoga are? Read on to discover the answers.
0 comments
Perfect for every skill level and budget, these are the best microscopes for kids right now
0 comments
It went down 66 million years ago.
0 comments
Can we save Earth by bombing space?
0 comments
“As soon as this work project gets done.” “As soon as we get more settled in.” “As soon as I’m done planning this event.” “As soon as the kids are older.” How commonly do we offer these postponemen...
0 comments
Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, it was announced.
0 comments
Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. can't help his Braves teammates on the field as he recovers from knee surgery, but he was on the field before Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS, embracing his role as cheerlea...
0 comments
Garrett Temple and the New Orleans Pelicans, who've said that the upcoming "season is dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Ida," practiced Saturday at Nicholls State University in the torn town of...
0 comments
With head coach Kliff Kingsbury back home in Arizona after a positive COVID-19 test, the Cardinals kept their offense on track in a dominating 37-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on the road on Sun...
0 comments
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who will undergo an MRI Monday for a right calf injury he suffered on his game-winning touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb Sunday in overtime against New England, believe...
0 comments
Danny "D.J." Rodriguez, who was arrested after he was identified in a HuffPost story, called himself a "f**king piece of s**t" during his interview with the FBI.
0 comments
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin said the GOP senator "never used to be this insane."
0 comments
Persistent concerns about Aduhelm, the disease's first new treatment in about 20 years, are curbing access more than four months after regulators approved it.
0 comments
Loading...