Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

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Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Brahm / U.S. Coast Guard District 11 PADET Los Angeles
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Update by the US Coast Guard
1:00 p.m., October 5, 2021

The Unified Command is continuing its response Tuesday to the oil spill off the coast of Orange County.

The Unified Command contracted commercial divers to identify the source of the leak. The divers on Monday validated Remotely Operated Vehicle footage showing no indications of oil release at the potential source of the leak. Diver reports and ROV footage show that a 4,000-foot section of the 17.7 mile-long pipeline was displaced with a maximum lateral movement of approximately 105 feet and had a 13-inch split, running parallel to the pipe.

Overflights and shore-based responders continue to monitor at the ocean and shore for oil impact.

The National Response Center received a report of a unknown sheen of unknown source on Friday evening. These types of reports are common and in many cases, the sheen reported can be natural seepage of oil or sheen that is never located. NOAA satellite imagery was reported to agencies early morning reporting a possible oil anomaly.

Crews from California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response responded to the report to investigate before sunrise. Conditions were foggy and the crew returned to shore. The Coast Guard and Orange County Sheriff deployed at first light once fog lifted to investigate. A Coast Guard aircraft was diverted to support the investigation. On Saturday morning, the company confirmed a release of oil from a pipeline.

Updates as of Oct. 5 at 7 a.m.

  • 4,788 gallons of crude oil have been recovered.
  • An estimated 15.67 miles of light oiling was reported along shorelines.
  • Six miles of shoreline have been cleaned and crews continue cleanup efforts
  • Seven aircraft are assigned with 14 flights scheduled for Tuesday.
  • 11,360 feet of containment boom have been deployed.
  • Eight oiled wildlife have been recovered. The latest info can be found at https://owcn.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/pipeline-p00547-incident
  • 328 response personnel, with additional assets being deployed
  • The cause of the spill remains under investigation.

For updates on the fisheries closure, visit https://socalspillresponse.com/fisheries-closure/.


Update by the US Coast Guard
8:45 p.m., October 3, 2021

The unified command continues its response Sunday to the oil spill off the coast of Orange County.

Fourteen boats conducted oil recovery operations Sunday afternoon. Three Coast Guard boats enforced a safety zone off 1,000 yards around oil spill boats.

Four aircraft were dispatched for overflight assessments. 

Shoreside response was conducted by 105 government agency personnel.

Approximately 3,150 gallons of oil have been recovered from the water and 5,360 feet of boom has been deployed. 

The investigation continues into the cause of the spill.

The Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has declared a fishery closure for coastal areas affected by the oil spill. For more information on the fisheries closures, reference www.SoCalspillreponse.com.

A website for the response has been established at www.SoCalspillreponse.com.


Photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Brahm / U.S. Coast Guard District 11 PADET Los Angeles 


Update by the US Coast Guard
3:15 p.m., October 3, 2021

The unified command is continuing its response Sunday to the reported oil spill off Newport Beach.

All available actions are being taken to ensure the safety of the public and response personnel, to control the source and recover spilled materials, to maximize the protection of environmentally sensitive areas and minimize impact to maritime commerce.

This response is currently a 24/7 operation and response efforts are scheduled to continue until federal and state officials determine that the response to the crude oil spill is complete.

As of Sunday, a total of 1,218 gallons of oily water mixture have been recovered, nine boats were dispatched for oil spill recovery operations, three shoreline assessment teams have been dispatched and 3,700 feet of boom have been deployed. 

Beaches have been closed starting at Seapoint Drive south to the Santa Ana River. Newport Beach has a soft closure and requests that the public stay out of the water from Tower 44 north to the Santa Ana River. 

There are no impacts to commercial traffic and the Huntington Beach air show has been cancelled. 

One oiled Ruddy duck has been collected and is receiving veterinary care. Other reports of oiled wildlife are being investigated. The Oiled Wildlife Care Network has been activated. For your safety and the safety of the animals, the public is asked to not attempt to capture oiled animals. Report oiled wildlife to 1-877-UCD-OWCN (1-877-823-6926).

Public volunteers are not requested at this time, but information can be found at https://calspillwatch.wildlife.ca.gov/Volunteer.

A claims number has been established for any individuals or businesses who feel they may have been affected by the incident (866) 985-8366 and reference Pipeline P00547.

The unified command consists of the Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (CDFW-OSPR) and Amplify Energy. Supporting agencies are the cities of Long Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

The investigation continues into the cause of the spill.


Source: U.S. Coast Guard

A unified command has been established to respond to an oil spill reported to be approximately 13 square miles in size, 3 miles off the coast of Newport Beach.

The unified command consists of Beta Offshore, the Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (CDFW-OSPR). Supporting agencies are the cities of Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach, and the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The Coast Guard received an initial report of an oil sheen off the coast of Newport Beach Saturday at approximately 9:10 a.m. 

The Coast Guard and Huntington Beach Police Department have dispatched aircraft to access the situation. 

CDFW-OSPR is monitoring for oiled wildlife. If anyone encounters oiled wildlife, do not approach. Call the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-823-6926.

Members of the public are asked to avoid any oiled areas. Trained spill response contractors are working to clean up oil. Public volunteers are not needed and could hinder response efforts. We request that members of the public stay away from the area.

The cause of the spill, volume and type of oil are under investigation.

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Babycakes Oct 06, 2021 05:19 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

How do you fight Big Oil? One way is to completely boycott their products, and then they won't profit with our hard-earned money. For most of us it s-h-o-u-l-d be an easy decision, but it's not, which is to: give up the car. Give up the car?!?!?? Uh, yeah....the car....get rid of it if it runs on gasoline. But what about the tires? Tires would have to go as well. Lubricants? Not allowed.

Do you think it would be inconvenient to give up the wheels? Not really...there are ways to get around wherever you want without owning a gas-burner.

Stop giving your money to Big Oil!

a-1633567668 Oct 06, 2021 05:47 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Why do people keep ignoring the fact that if you're not burning billions of barrels of oil as fuel, there will not be a shortage of petroleum for other less harmful uses, even with greatly reduced production?

Byzantium Oct 06, 2021 10:08 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Pipeline did not rupture and it was not caused by poor maintenance - it was broken and displaced by some other agent, at this point a dragged cargo ship anchor is the current speculation. The leak was stopped, 7 birds reported oiled and large clean-up crews are in place while a certain amount of surface oil has already been covered. The current back up of cargo ships looms as a possible causal factor - too many ships idle in too small an area bringing in vast amounts of cheap Chinese junk for consumer demand. Do your part -reduce cargo shipping demands by buying less junk from China. Buy American and then you can go back to worrying about oil tankers on the highways.

a-1634222176 Oct 14, 2021 07:36 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

I rarely agree with Byzantium, but his anti-junk commerce remark is right on the mark!
This is accurate and true: "too many ships idle in too small an area bringing in vast amounts of cheap Chinese junk for consumer demand. Do your part -reduce cargo shipping demands by buying less junk from China."

It's like drugs: If we create the demand, the cartels of whatever country will fulfill it. And there is a HUGE market in America for consumer junk; unnecessary crap, and it's being delivered by cargo ship. Many Americans seem to shop just as drinkers drink; smokers smoke, tobacco or pot; and junkies take whatever junk they can get.

I enjoy railing against purchased junk because I feel pure. ;-) lol.
I only over-purchase reading material and food.

PitMix Oct 07, 2021 10:59 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Byz, the fact that low number of birds have been collected and rehabbed as reported, does that mean that 7 and only 7 birds were affected by this spill? And what are the long term effects on fish and birds of the spill? But minimizing environmental damage is what you do.

oops Oct 05, 2021 09:15 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

It’s a terrible thing but let’s be honest, NOTHING is without risk.

sacjon Oct 07, 2021 11:49 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

OOPS - yeah, but some forms of energy don't have risks of destroying whole marine ecosystems and beaches. Yup, everything has some risk, but that's no excuse for continuing risky behavior.

Transparent Oct 04, 2021 04:22 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

We are one major accident away from ruining our local ecosystem. And with it, our local economy and housing markets, which are fueled by the beauty of the place to begin with.

I'm a centrist through and through, but I'm so f'n tired of all of these 'accidents'... which every time are framed as some 'unforseeable' event. It's like the big earthquake... if we don't crack down big-time, the question is not "if" the big one will occur, but when. Tell you local officials to take action now, and that you'll notice if they don't.

pstarSR Oct 04, 2021 12:35 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

My issue with this is 2 fold.

1. the pipeline ruptured and the coastgaurd got notice sat morning. the PIPELINE was NOT stopped till sat night

2. these companies must think everyones idiots, because they INSTALL PRESSURE SENSORS on these pipelines to check for leaks. when they occur they SHUT IT DOWN!

this is completly and utterly avoiding safety protocols and the entire reason this BS needs to stop. NOT drilling,. but the Stupid companies that are allowed to get the permits to do this. the permits to create these problems and NOT FOLLOW THE RULES THEY AGGREEEEED TO in order to get the permit.

Bird Oct 06, 2021 01:42 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Not at all like the Refugio spill, not in cause or, luckily, it appears in apparent ecological harm!

Lew Riffle Oct 06, 2021 08:16 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Right on! to much like the Refugio spill and lessons not learned. Take heart the environment will recover, it's not the end of the world, just messy in the meantime. The oil business knows this and will get away with it as much as they can.

GeneralTree Oct 04, 2021 11:37 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Amplify Energy is owned by hedge fund managers. They probably didn't care too much about the environment when they bought in.

Luvaduck Oct 04, 2021 08:15 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

and fracking both sides and along the west TX/NM border is causing earthquakes, more and stronger. Some near nuclear waste storage site. Plutonim into the ground water shed. Fast tracking alternate less destructive means of energy and shutting that down is commom sense like not throwing kerosene on a burning building. Breaking apart geological layers then refilling them with liquid-duh-of course they slide. It's an old technique to move things. Cuts down on friction.

PitMix Oct 04, 2021 07:08 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Yes, so much better to have the oil production in our area so we can kill our own wildlife and deal with our bankrupt and incompetent oil companies, as so many of the posters here support.

Or maybe we could move with all haste to renewables that don't involve pipeline ruptures? Now there's a thought.

sbsunshine Oct 03, 2021 09:41 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Here is the link to donate and possibly be screened to volunteer. All hands on deck. If you want to volunteer, perhaps contact SB Wildlife Care Center for advice and where you can best be used as the Oiled Wildlife group is going to have their hands full. Ed Hat - Can you please post this link in an article -- https://www.facebook.com/OiledWildlife

sbsunshine Oct 03, 2021 09:30 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Now is a good time to Donate to the Old Wildlife charity in CA -- they are the ones that have an official network for cleaning the birds and other animals up and down the coast. Something like this will trigger the wildlife response teams and they are going to need volunteers and donations. I believe the Wildlife Care Network here in SB was planning to build an official wildlife oil spill cleaning facility as part of their new expansion. Let's rally to help the victims of this, the wildlife.

ger8t Oct 04, 2021 04:13 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

"It should read Oiled but autocorrect changed it....Oiled Wildlife Charity"

I made a small donation, looks like it goes through UC Davis. As a thought, maybe there should be an Old Wildlife Charity that assists elderly animals.

sbsunshine Oct 03, 2021 09:31 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

It should read Oiled but autocorrect changed it....Oiled Wildlife Charity

Sail380 Oct 03, 2021 06:52 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Sad, sad indeed. To bad this is less of a pollution problem than single use face masks littering the streets and waterways. They are a petroleum product that will be causing micro plastic pollution for decades if not century's.

Eggs Ackley Oct 04, 2021 05:11 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

No I think you’re just trying to change the subject, Divert attention from what is obvious screwup yet again. Yet you people are always screaming about being over regulated.

a-1633321091 Oct 03, 2021 09:18 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Strange how some people never think before repeating the Koch whataboutisms.

Sail380 Oct 03, 2021 08:59 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Never said that a-1633315160
Trying to refocus on a much bigger picture no ones worried about. How many animals have already died and will perish because of a facemask? Strange how some cry because of a spill but could care less about thousand more dying worldwide.

a-1633315160 Oct 03, 2021 07:39 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Good to know you're advocating the removal of all petroleum products.

Byzantium Oct 03, 2021 02:33 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Oil spill response today is remarkable. Great progress has been made since GOO - which happened decades ago. Bravo to the oil industry for its overall great track record conducting this very messy business extracting a product that we all still need.

MarcelK Oct 04, 2021 03:29 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

P.S. Ocean water is far more toxic than swimming pool water, so spilling oil into the ocean (where it "goes back to nature", he says) shouldn't be any problem at all, according to Byz.

MarcelK Oct 04, 2021 03:25 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

By your lights, nothing needed to be done because ""Swimming pools are full of artificially-produced chemicals. Fossil fuels are made from nature, going back into nature. So no, tanker spills are not more toxic than swimming pool water."

GeneralTree Oct 04, 2021 11:49 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Divers are still in the water trying to locate where on the pipeline the leak is coming from.... not remarkable at all.

a-1633372853 Oct 04, 2021 11:40 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Actually Byzantium --- the response to the spill by the oil company was disastrously slow. According to boaters, the spill started on Friday and was not reported until late Saturday, which enabled the high tides to bring the spill onshore and pollute local beaches, preserves and wetlands and endanger wildlife over a large area. This is according to today's Los Angeles Times.

biguglystick Oct 04, 2021 09:41 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

BYZ, that's NOT a "great response" by the oil compainies! We need to be moving to renewable sustainable energy NOW, not lauding outdated dangerous messy methods. Our wildlife, waterways and lands deserve so much better.

Eggs Ackley Oct 04, 2021 05:14 AM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

It’s remarkable is that we are still having oil spills. After all the attention and industry scrutiny and profits, you were still screwing up the environment. Why is that why can’t you get it right.: it costs too much, And you are whining because your dividend income could be affected.

yacht rocked Oct 03, 2021 06:49 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Great response? It took a DAY before responders figured out the leak was from an oil company pipeline. How is is possible that the oil company didn't know about the leak, given they monitor pipeline flow and pressure? Answer: Perhaps they knew but stalled on reporting, hoping to shut it off before it was detected.

F them.

a-1633302942 Oct 03, 2021 04:15 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Delusional nonsense is often the result of breathing fumes from petroleum products, or being indoctrinated by their propaganda.

Babycakes Oct 03, 2021 02:22 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

We are addicted to the oil. Like most addicts, we will do whatever we have to do to get our fix. Our gas stations have a continuous flow of addicts 24/7/365....worldwide.

a-1633295719 Oct 03, 2021 02:15 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Perhaps this will help keep our 3 offshore platforms out of business and the 70 tanker trucks a day off our highways. Big Oil obviously is too incompetent to stop oil pipeline ruptures and spills, even when off millions of people live, prime surfing and public beaches. The big airshow cancelled today in Huntington Beach because of the spill, won't help B.O's public opinion either.

Eggs Ackley Oct 03, 2021 01:13 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Let’s hear from the drill baby drill contingent about how safe their industry is.

ginger1 Oct 03, 2021 12:26 PM
Oil Spill Off Newport Beach

Pipeline rupture at Platform Elly off Huntington Beach. Still on-going. Not fixed. The worst is yet to come.

Not to worry. It won't come this way. We create our own oil spills. The oil companies are really good at getting the oil out, making lots of money, and then asking local governments for help so that they can make more money and more oil spills.

When will we ever learn?

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