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Pipeline Spews Massive Amounts Of Oil Onto State Park Beaches In California

An oil pipeline in California ruptured yesterday, spilling over two thousand barrels of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean through a storm drain. Beaches in two state parks, Refugio and El Capitan, are heavily coated in oil, and large numbers of animals are washing up on the shore dead.

When you hear politicians in the U.S. Congress say that they are for an All Of The Above Energy policy, keep in mind that all of the above includes this:

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8 comments to Pipeline Spews Massive Amounts Of Oil Onto State Park Beaches In California

  • ella

    Just think of all of the underground utilities in the USA. Gas ruptures happen, some dramatically violent. Imagine a major pipeline for oil transport rupturing from a tremor. There seems to be no shortage of waste when it comes to raw oil.

  • ella

    Just got a news update from LA Times. It says the spill may be “…up to 105,000 gallons.”

  • Mark

    Here in SC we are vigorously debating whether to allow offshore oil drilling. The current phase is whether to allow companies to conduct seismic exploration to determine the quantity of reserves. I seriously doubt much will be found, but why bother even looking when we (the citizens of the state) are so vocal in our opposition to extracting whatever is there? In another twist, the results of the seismic testing will be the sole property of the oil companies and not released to the public. So far 18 local governments here in SC have passed resolutions voicing their opposition to seismic exploration and oil production off our shores. Public meeting have been swamped with citizens voicing their overwhelming opposition. Letters to the local papers are at least 10-1 against oil production.

    So, where do our elected representatives stand on the issue? Our Congressman, Mark Sanford, was originally in favor of exploration, but recently changed his mind and has now voiced his opposition. Unfortunately, he seems to be standing alone. Our governor and state representatives are firmly standing with the oil companies to move forward with exploration.

    And the scandals are starting. Earlier this year the governors of several Atlantic states met in a closed meeting to discuss oil exploration off our coasts. The meeting was closed to media and environmental groups because, as one of the governors was quoted, they “didn’t want to appear partisan.” However, it seems that oil and gas consultants were invited to the meeting. Last month our SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) issued initial permissions to begin seismic explorations despite having not held any public forums to discuss the issue. They had received hundreds of requests by citizens for a public forum, and should have held a forum as required by law. But DHEC decided that the federal forums held by the Bureau of Ocean Environmental Management here in SC were sufficient to solicit public input. I had attended one of these forums and I don’t remember seeing any representation by DHEC.

    One of the main arguments against oil production offshore is not the rare, massive, catastrophic oil spills that make the news. It’s the daily, small to large spills that occur from onshore transport and processing systems. In 2014, for example, Louisiana had over 3000 oil spills ranging up to 11.8 million gallons. And these are just the spills reported to the US Coast Guard’s National Response Center. They estimate that less than half (and possibly only 25%) of oil spills are ever reported. And their data set does not include spills from offshore production facilities.

  • Tom

    Here’s another study showing how the BP oil debacle in the Gulf killed dolphins (there are many other species it impacted but this study concentrated on dolphin health and mortality).

    NOAA study confirms BP oil spill caused unprecedented fatalities in Gulf of Mexico dolphins
    http://www.sott.net/article/296738-NOAA-study-confirms-BP-oil-spill-caused-unprecedented-fatalities-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-dolphins

    Between Fukushima radiation being deliberately dumped into the ocean (not to mention the coriums they can’t locate) and this oil spill, we can expect the Pacific to be uninhabitable before long. Let’s face it humanity is about the worst species to hit this planet and the sooner we die off the better it will be for all the other species, if we don’t succeed in taking most or all of them with us.

  • Tom

    It’s not just that oil spill – it’s the toxic farm run-off, ocean acidification from CO2 absorption, increased ocean heat content, all the nano-plastic particles and debris we’ve dumped (see Pacific gyre for clarification), over-fishing and all the other contributions we’ve made to cause the death of our own habitat. How completely bereft of thought and feelings are we? We’re worse than cancer!

  • ella

    Tom, all of us are not the problem. Those who use the planet and the rest of us for their own greed and blind selfishness, or just plain ignorance, and in some cases fear, are the major contributors. If it weren’t for natural forces trying to right themselves we would probably have already destroyed life here. Encourage everyone who is fighting to maintain a balance and hope that change comes soon.

  • Tom

    ella: do you eat? Do you live in a manufactured home and use electricity? Then you too (like me and everyone reading this) is part of the problem. The world is running out of resources (like clean water, good soil, and space) and adding a million humans to the planet every 4.5 days isn’t helping, because everyone wants to live and requires these necessary resources (which are FINITE). It also doesn’t help that we’ve trashed the place – 5 gigantic gyres of debris in the oceans, landfills that are now becoming toxic and fire hazards, and that our pollution (man-made radiation) is killing the Pacific Ocean (as the oil is still doing in the Gulf of Mexico) while our continuous CO2 dumping into the atmosphere has changed the climate (and we can’t change it back). Hope ain’t helping.

    New science shows BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill is still killing dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico
    http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2015/05/new-science-shows-bps-deepwater-horizon.html

  • ella

    Your right Tom, hope ain’t goin’ to get it by itself. And maybe it is too late. After all, EPA has had since 1970 to do the environmental clean up. http://publicaccess.supportportal.com/link/portal/23002/23012/Article/23723/When-and-how-was-the-EPA-created But somehow the laws that it is supposed to enforce must be changing or something just isn’t right about the way the department is functioning. But it still goes back to those who are putting the big bucks in their hip pocket. We all live as society demands. Well. maybe not. There are some people going back to nature, more today than have in the past few decades. A lot of us have changed the way we used to live and get around, like ride the public transit and cut emissions, traffic accidents, waste of fuel and materials. Or use bikes, both powered and pedaled. As a part of the problem, it would be great to live in a granite cave, something mocked by many. Solar power is becoming available to more people now, just not those who lost their homes and jobs, and the home owners who a struggling to exist and care for what they have. You are right, it is a great struggle to change the way we have lived in the memory of so many today. But it really has not been all that long ago that our grand and great-grandparents hitched horses up to the wagon to go to town, and grew their own vegetables and meat on the farm. That was a struggle to, against weather and medical inadequacies as well as many other factors. Money was scarce so trade and barter was how a farmer acquired what necessities could be found for the family. We have improved our lifestyles immensely in a way that apparently is detrimental to our land, water, and climate. The land and water could have been prevented for the most part. The climate will change now and we will need to do what we can to mitigate the effects and be prepared as much as possible. We need leadership on all levels with vision and tenacity. The strength to tell what needs to be done and cause it to happen. Be concerned and look for those leaders.

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