Oil sheen spotted in ocean near site of California pipeline leak

An oil sheen in the ocean off Huntington Beach, California, where a broken pipeline last month spilled about 25,000 gallons of oil into the water, was “likely residual” oil from the spill, said Eric Laughlin, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, on Sunday.

The oil sheen, which measured about 70 feet by 30 feet, was investigated on Saturday, but appears to have dissipated. US Coast Guard officials will continue to monitor the area.

Spokesperson Petty Officer Richard Brahm said the Coast Guard has taken precautionary measures. “To err on the side of caution, we went ahead and replaced the pipeline’s syntho-glass wrap. Maybe that was the issue, and, if it’s not, we’re going to keep watching. But it was just a possibility.”

Since the oil spill on October 2, the pipeline has been shut down. The oil sheen, however, has led to speculation about ongoing impacts from the incident.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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