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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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6 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

    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.

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