Kansas City, Missouri 2021-10-18 09:44:20 –
Investigators believe that a huge freighter anchoring in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the ocean floor.
A team of federal agents trying to determine the cause of the spill boarded the Panama-registered MSC DANIT just hours after arriving from Long Beach Port this weekend. This is the same area where the leak was discovered in early October.
During the ship’s last visit during the January storm, investigators believe the anchor was dragged an unknown distance before colliding with a 16-inch steel pipe.
The Coast Guard has designated shipowners and operators to be involved in ongoing marine accident investigations as a result of the oil spill.
According to the Coast Guard, this designation gives shipowners and operators the opportunity to, on behalf of lawyers, examine and cross-examine witnesses and call witnesses involved in the investigation.
A marine accident investigation into the Orange County oil spill is ongoing, investigating multiple pipeline scenarios and additional vessels of interest.
On the other hand, many animals affected by the oil spill have been treated and some have been returned to the wild after rehabilitation.
The Governor of California’s Emergency Services Department shared a video of two birds rescued from an oil spill released at Huntington Beach last week.
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