California Oil Spill ‘Worst Case Discharge’ Is 131,000 Gallons, U.S. Coast Guard Estimates

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The minimum estimate is 24,696 gallons; German shipping company says investigation of its container ship is complete

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“We are working on an accurate estimate,” Captain Ore said, noting that the five federal and state agencies worked to put together the current estimates. “I expect this number to change … I don’t expect it to change significantly.”

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A total of 5,544 gallons of crude oil have been recovered as of Friday, according to a group of organizations conducting spill-related operations. An additional 172,500 pounds of “oily debris” have been recovered from the shoreline.

Earlier this week, federal officials identified a 13-inch split in an ocean floor pipeline as a possible source of the oil spill. Chief Executive Officer of Amplify Energy Corp..

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, whose equipment was involved, said on Monday that the leak may have been caused by a boat’s anchor colliding with an underwater pipeline and breaking it.

The official cause of the leak is under investigation. A Coast Guard spokesman said the agency was investigating several ships but would not release the names of the ships.

Eight container ships and two tankers were at anchor off the coast of Huntington Beach at the time of the incident, according to data from the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

According to a spokesman for the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG, the investigation into one of those ships, a German container ship, has ended..

The Coast Guard had boarded the Rotterdam Express on Wednesday. The ship, which has a capacity of about 4,900 boxes, dropped its anchor on September 21, as asked and, according to the spokesperson, did not proceed or pass over the pipeline.

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