Latest Oil spills News

Center in UP to look at impact of oil spills in freshwater

Oct. 23, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula has been selected as a hub for a center that will look at the impacts of oil spills in freshwater environments. The U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for...

Harbor patrol searched, couldn't find California oil spill

Oct. 21, 2021 23:05 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Southern California harbor patrol boats picked up reports of a possible fuel spill off the coast on a marine radio emergency channel about an hour before the Coast Guard heard anything about oil on the water and about 15 hours before a large slick, which came...

Data shows ship crossed over oil pipeline that ruptured

Oct. 18, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive cargo ship that was supposed to be at anchor was buffeted by high winds during a January storm and repeatedly crossed over an undersea oil pipeline that later ruptured off the Southern California coast, according to vessel monitoring data. ...

Coast Guard: 1,200-foot ship dragged California oil pipeline

Oct. 17, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

Investigators believe a 1,200-foot (366-meter) cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. A team of federal...

Ship owner, operator of interest in California oil spill

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has designated the Mediterranean Shipping Company and others as parties of interest in an investigation into a vessel that was determined to be the source of an offshore pipeline leak in Southern California. Coast...

New high-tech buoy coming to Buzzards Bay

Oct. 16, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A high-tech buoy designed to enhance maritime safety is being installed in Buzzards Bay, state environmental officials said. The buoy that measures wave height, wave period, wave direction and surface water temperature every 30 minutes will be placed about...

Aging equipment, spills test ties between oil, California

Oct. 15, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hoping to recover a lost anchor chain, a work boat dragged a grappling hook along the seabed near an oil platform off the Southern California coast. But it hooked something else -- a pipeline carrying crude oil from the towering rig to shore. Once...

Coast Guard: California oil spill likely 25,000 gallons

Oct. 14, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The amount of crude oil spilled in an offshore pipeline leak in Southern California is believed to be close to 25,000 gallons, or only about one-fifth of what officials initially feared, a Coast Guard official said Thursday. The leak off...

Coast Guard says Southern California oil spill likely totaled 25,000 gallons, the low end of early estimates

Oct. 14, 2021 13:53 PM EDT
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Coast Guard says Southern California oil spill likely totaled 25,000 gallons, the low end of early estimates.

2 birds oiled in California pipeline spill treated, released

Oct. 13, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two birds oiled after an undersea pipeline ruptured off the Southern California coast have been treated and released. Workers brought the ruddy duck and eared grebe Wednesday to a shorefront park in a harbor area of Huntington Beach. The...