The FBI has joined the investigation into an oil spill on the Orange County Coast Guard, officials said on Thursday.
Several state and federal investigative agencies are investigating whether any crimes were committed in Huntington Beach two weeks ago. Authorities have not yet issued a search warrant for the investigation, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Emiller.
Officials initially estimated that up to 144,000 gallons of oil had been spilled into the ocean, but later increased that number from 24,696 to 131,000 gallons. On Thursday, U.S. Coast Guard Lt Cmdr. According to Scott Carr, the agency relies on scientific data and the number of gallons of about 25,000 gallons, depending on the years it controls such fluids.
The Coast Guard’s Criminal Investigation Department, the California Attorney General’s Office and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are all conducting criminal investigations.
The FBI is currently assisting in a criminal investigation, which, among other things, is being investigated for negligence. An oil tanker was spotted on a ship 4½ miles off the coast of Huntington on the night of October 2 and was found by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Federal Agency for Regulation of Pipelines has already initiated inquiries and has requested documents from Amplifier Energy, a parent company that operates the pipeline that connects the coastal platforms.
So far, however, no inspection company has acknowledged the use of search warrants or licenses by the oil company or any shipping company. On October 2, coast guards were on board to determine if at least two ships near the pipeline could be involved. Both have since been removed.
Coast Guard also began an investigation with the help of the National Transportation Safety Board. Agencies believe that pulling an anchor out of a large ship broke the concrete holder last year and changed the pipe by more than 100 feet. The previous injury eventually caused a 13-inch crack in the pipe.
Sources who know the details of several inspections but who have not been allowed to discuss certain issues in public indicate that the pipeline has not been built for a year, but it is not long.
Martin Wilson, chief executive of Ampling Energy, warned of “critical hours” ahead of reports that the company had discovered oil in the water on October 3, citing conflicting information from government and federal records and vague answers to questions at news conferences.
For Amplify, the first sign of use appears to have occurred on October 2:30, when control room staff received a low-pressure alarm on the 15-mile pipeline, fuel leaks, pipeline control and hazardous materials safety management. The pipeline was operating at about 30% of the maximum pressure, the agency said.
The Oct. 4 letter, which ordered the San Pedro Bay pipeline not to restart until security was assured, indicated a “potential failure” and the operating company 3 hours later, at 6:01 am 2:30 p.m. Appears as event time. Wilshere said the company first saw oil in the water on October 3, 8:09 and reported it by the hour.
Darius Kirkwood, a spokesman for the Federal Pipeline Regulatory Agency, said in a statement that the pipeline owner should close the pipeline until a comprehensive review of the records is completed and there are indications of damage to the line.
In addition to the operator’s actions, investigators are investigating whether an unprecedented leak in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has played a role.
The spill has raised national attention to epidemic cargo ships other than one-third of the country’s ports.
Investigators are looking into the possibility of ships sailing or moving off the coast.
Coastal traffic congestion has forced ships to be more resilient than usual, placing huge anchors on gas stations and offshore oil pipelines.
Coast Guard and NTS Earlier this year, strong winds may have pushed large ships along the pipeline. On January 24 and 25, they were investigating which ships were in the area and were collecting information on each ship traveling near the pipeline since last October.
In the coming weeks, investigators are expected to board a number of foreign ships that were stuck near the pipeline last year.
The first strike may have broken the last pipeline in October 2020. U.S. Coast Guard Captain Jason Nubair said another conflict, or perhaps a geological event, “increased the risk or caused the whole thing.”
Legal experts say the investigations could lead to criminal charges and civil penalties and could be used in a number of class cases on ambient energy.
Investigators plan to remove the cracked pipe section and bring it to the laboratory to determine when the NTSB metallurgy is damaged and leaks.