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The Coast Guard is investigating whether a large merchant ship was anchored in the wrong place, damaged the pipeline and damaged the coastal towns of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and other Orange County districts on Monday, an official said.

The pipeline was towed about 150 meters, he said. Ships are given anchor points to ensure the removal of pipelines. Coast guard investigators are investigating whether he knew the captain was towed.

Earlier on Monday, Martin Wilshere, president and CEO of the pipeline operator parent company, said the ship’s anchor hitting the pipeline was “one of the many options available.”

No further details were provided.

He said the Coast Guard was investigating the situation at the time, but did not provide any evidence.

“We have inspected more than 8,000 feet of pipes and identified a very interesting area,” Wilshere, executive director of Amplifier Energy Corporation, told reporters. “We did it primarily [remotely operated vehicles] Up to this point, however, we are now sending down hackers to confirm what we have seen. More information will come, but I think we are getting closer to this source and the cause of this event.

A.D. In 1990, another major oil spill in Huntington Beach was blamed on an anchor. An oil tanker pierced with 400,000 gallons of crude oil came out of the shores in February of that year. The spill killed about 1,000 birds and closed nearly 15 miles of coastline for three weeks, the state’s attorney general announced in a $ 16 million deal with Atransco in 1999. Cleaning costs have reached $ 35 million.

Environmentalists have long criticized the overall safety and maintenance of aging beach platforms and the possible causes of leaks.

Officials say freight ships are heading to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to pass through the area. At the time of the outbreak, dozens of cargo ships were waiting for ports off the coast of Southern California. However, it was not clear how close those containers were to overseas fuel systems.

The spill was reported early Saturday morning on a pipeline from the Long Beach port to the tortoise. The fall caused an estimated 126,000 gallons of oil to enter the Catalina Canal, creating 8,320 acres[8,320 ha]of sediment. The floods have swept away sand dunes in Newport Beach, Lagana Beach and Huntington Beach, killing fish and birds and threatening ecological sensitivity in what authorities call environmental degradation.

Oil is expected to hit Orange County beaches and other vulnerable areas in the next few days, officials said.

Coast guard officials are flying three to four times a day to map out the direction of the oil and plan for the next few days off the coast of Laguna. County and local officials say they are ready to close the beach and Dana port if necessary.

“It really depends on the weather, but the oil continues to move south,” said Capt. Rebecca Ore, commander of the Los Angeles-Long Beach branch. What we have seen is oil painting to Dana Point … and directions indicate that if the weather continues in the current fashion, the trend will continue.

Lagana Beach closed the suburbs on Sunday night. Predictions arrived at Crystal Cove that the beach is now closed by 10 a.m., but no oil was reported on that line until Monday afternoon. Officials say this could change depending on the ocean waves.

Just three miles[3 km]south of Laguna Beach, the residents woke up to an oil slick next to the sand.

Jean Fallofield, who has lived in Laguna Beach for 30 years, was outraged when he saw oil enter the beach near Divver Cove, where she often runs with her dog Calypso.

Fallowfield is concerned about the impact on local marine life. Many long-time Laguna residents are proud of their unspoiled beaches. That is why so many have moved to the area. He said that in the event of a natural disaster, it is frustrating for everyone to work hard to protect themselves.

“All of our roadblocks that we have built to protect will be damaged,” said Fallofield.

“You feel like a slap in the face,” she said.

Large, golf-sized tar pieces are washed at the famous Cove beach, about a quarter mile along Christine Bay, Cliff Drive on the North Coast Highway and Shaw Cove.

According to Kevin Snow, head of maritime security for Ghana Beach, the two contracted oil recovery vessels, known as skimmers, worked to prevent the coast of Lagana Beach from approaching as much as possible at night.

“The whole city is a protected area by the sea, which means we have protected marine habitats and wildlife here, and we need resources to protect this unique ecosystem,” he said.

Laguna residents have long advocated for the natural beauty of their beaches. A.D. In 2012, the city banned coastal fishing and coastal and other coastal areas to enforce coastal protection from north to Crystal Cove and south of the city border with Dana Point. The result is local kebele mobilization. Officials may be affected by the spill.

“People call it California Riviera. That is beautiful, ”said Pro Tem Sue Kempf, mayor of Laguna Beach. And people here go and pick up trash on the beach. They are very defensive. They see it as their own beach. ”

Coast guard officials say they are constantly working to recover as much oil as possible and to prevent runoff. Fourteen boats operating on Sunday afternoon have recovered 3,150 gallons of oil from the ocean and deployed 5,360 feet of floating obstacles to protect the coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Mark Shasha, a 59-year-old swimmer on the sidewalk near the main beach in Lana, lamented that the flow would affect the surrounding area.

Shasha is part of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn with a team of about 35 artists who spend the week on Sagan Beach. Annual outdoor painting event. Closing due to oil spills, the nearby lighthouse was finishing up a picture of an empty sandy beach.

“I don’t have anyone to paint on the beach,” he said. “I have no umbrella in the sand, nothing to breathe.”

A few miles north, Newport Beach officials closed the city’s entertainment port to stop the spread of oil, said John Pop, a spokesman for the city.

“We don’t have any oil there right now, so we have to prevent big oil from entering the port,” said the pope.

Scaffolds were washed to the shore between the mouth of the Santa Ana River and 52nd Street. The pope said that most of the slides remained on the beach for a quarter of a mile.

Newport Beach has not closed its beaches, but officials have asked people to get out of the water.

On Sunday, workers launched 2,050-foot bombs to stop the invasion of Huntington Beach and try to stop sensitive areas, including the 25-hectare Sanctuary of Huntington Beach, their home, including Talbert Marsh. About a dozen species of birds. County officials have also built large sand barrels in the area to keep water and oil out of the ocean, which has been previously oiled. Authorities on Sunday called for further increases in Bolsa Chika’s ecological protection.

As workers continue their clean-up efforts, sand dunes in Huntington Beach were closed Monday in Huntington Beach, near the Bolsa Chika swamp to the Newport Beach City Line and the New Port Beach City Line.

At the beach on the first Monday, the staff is dressed in shiny skirts, sanded – sometimes on their hands and knees – and boiled in oil and put in trash bags.

Teams from the Oil Wildlife Conservation Network were first on the shores of Bolsa Chika State and south to Laguna Beach, both underwater and on land, said Michael Zicardy, director of the UC Davis Oil Conservation Network. .

Authorities found three oily birds on Sunday – brown pelican, American coat and duck. He said Pelican had extensive injuries and needed to be improved. A fourth bird, sandals, was found on Monday. There are also many views of oil-filled gallons. Oil officials are being treated at wet farms and wildlife sanctuaries, city officials said.

Zikcardi said it was too early to know the long-term impact on birds and fish, but the network said it had achieved more than 50% success by returning oily animals.

“California is a model for the world, from oil to wildlife readiness and response, and we have the best techniques and the best success anywhere in the world,” he said.

Officials say the deadline for clearing local shores is unclear.

State wildlife officials say they have banned the collection of shellfish from Huntington Beach to Dana Point fishing due to oil spills.

The California Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has determined that the “Environmental Health Risk Assessment” may be caused by fishing or shedding of fish or shellfish in the affected area. Release.

Representative Milel Steele (R-Seal Beach) wrote a letter to Gav Gavin Newsom on Monday urging President Odinga to join the effort. She sent a letter to the president on Sunday, which, if approved, would provide additional federal assistance to state and local agencies and individuals affected by the floods.

Residents are being asked questions about how long the pipeline has run. Residents of Newport Beach reported tar in the air on Friday evening. The police department has received more than 20 calls about the smell, warning officials that it is investigating.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, Orange County District. Ati. According to Todd Spitzer, Amplp Energy Corporation is disappointed that its submarines are inspecting the damaged pipeline. He said that should be done by an independent agency.

“If this is not done in isolation, that is malicious,” he said. The company is not responsible for conducting its own investigation into the hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to our environment and our economy.

Times staff writers Anne Do and Gregory E. contributed to this report.

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