By Ivan Maltsev
As a result of the emergency, up to 545 thousand liters of fuel got into the water area.
An oil pipeline off the coast of California, from which up to 545 thousand liters of fuel got into the water area could have been damaged last year. This was reported by The New York Times with reference to the U.S. Coast Guard.
According to its representatives, the last time the Amplify Energy oil pipeline was subjected to regular inspection was in October last year. Then the specialists did not find any damage in its structure. Since then, the condition of the pipeline has not been checked. Thus, the investigation of the causes of the incident will affect a period of about a year.
According to representatives of the Coast Guard, damage to the oil pipeline by the anchor of one of the vessels passing in the area of its passage is considered one of the most likely causes of an oil spill. This version is also supported by the fact that the oil pipeline is currently located about 30 m from its initial position. Experts do not exclude that the primary damage could worsen, including the passage of other ships or against the background of certain natural phenomena.
In early October, a major oil leak was recorded off the Coast of Orange County, caused, as CNN reported, by accident on the Amplify Energy oil pipeline. According to county spokeswoman Catherine Foley, the leak led to the death of many birds and marine life. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has sent its experts to investigate what happened. As a precaution, local authorities canceled some mass events planned there, and residents of coastal areas were advised to avoid the environmental disaster zone.