Still undetermined is whether the impact caused the October leak, or if the line was hit by something else at a later date or failed due to a preexisting problem, one official said.
Roy Kim, an environmental scientist with California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, said the size of tar balls being collected on coastal beaches has diminished from the early days after the spill.
The White House said Wednesday it has helped broker an agreement for the Port of Los Angeles to become a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operation. Long Beach has operated 24 hours a day for the past three weeks.
More than 24,000 nurses and other health care workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon have overwhelmingly authorized a strike, threatening to walk out over pay and working conditions strained by the coronavirus pandemic.
City and state beaches in Huntington Beach will reopen after water quality tests revealed no detectable levels of oil associated toxins in the ocean water.
The Huntington Beach mayor said she was “cautiously optimistic” people could be back in the water in weeks.
California moved Friday to extend the sale of cocktails-to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets.
News about the oil spill has been constant this week. Here’s what’s happening and the best estimates about whether it will reach Long Beach.
“This is money to them,” an environmental attorney said of the company that operates the pipeline. “They know how much they lost, I am certain of that.”
Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier said some of the oil has been pushed to the south by currents. Storms earlier in the week may also have helped disperse the oil, which he said could make it more challenging to skim as it spreads out.