Consueto disastro ambientale petrolifero negli Stati Uniti.


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Un guasto a uno dei tanti oleodotti che alimentano la civiltà industriale.

Negli Stati Uniti d’America, in questo caso.

Un guasto, una perdita di almeno 126 mila galloni di petrolio, una marea nera di 13 miglia quadrate.

L’ennesimo disastro ambientale.

Gruppo d’Intervento Giuridico odv

da Il Messaggero, 4 ottobre 2021

California, guasto a un oleodotto: la marea nera sulla costa sta uccidendo pesci e uccelli.

Le autorità parlano di “situazione devastante”.

Allarme per una marea nera che sta preoccupando la California: l’allerta è scattata dopo che un guasto a un oleodotto ha inviato almeno 126mila galloni di petrolio nel Pacifico al largo della costa della contea di Orange, creando una chiazza di petrolio di 13 miglia quadrate. Lo scrive il New York Times segnalando come pesci e uccelli morti si siano arenati in alcune zone, mentre sono in atti sforzi per cercare di contenere la chiazza di petrolio che si estende da Huntington Beach a Newport Beach.

Secondo funzionari locali, la perdita si è verificata a tre miglia al largo della costa di Newport Beach per un guasto in un oleodotto collegato a una piattaforma petrolifera offshore chiamata Elly, gestita da Beta Offshore. La Guardia Costiera degli Stati Uniti ha spiegato che gli equipaggi hanno «recuperato» circa 3.150 galloni di petrolio. Quattordici barche sono state coinvolte nelle operazioni di pulizia ed è stata creata una barriera galleggiante che aiuta a contenere il petrolio. Chiuse le spiagge di Huntington Beach, dove è stato cancellato il terzo giorno dell’annuale Pacific Airshow. Solo il giorno prima circa 1,5 milioni di persone si erano radunate sul lungomare per guardare i Blue Angels e i Thunderbirds. Il sindaco Kim Carr di Huntington Beach ha dichiarato in una conferenza stampa che la fuoriuscita è stata «una delle situazioni più devastanti che la nostra comunità ha affrontato negli ultimi decenni».

Reuters, 4 ottobre 2021

‘Catastrophic’ California oil spill kills fish, damages wetlands. (Gene Blevins, Jonathan Allen)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Oct 3 (Reuters) – A large oil spill off the southern California coast left fish dead, birds mired in petroleum and wetlands contaminated, in what local officials called an environmental catastrophe.

The U.S. Coast Guard, heading a clean-up response involving federal, state and city agencies, on Sunday announced an around-the-clock investigation into how the spill occurred.

An estimated 126,000 gallons, or 3,000 barrels, had spread into an oil slick covering about 13 square miles of the Pacific Ocean since it was first reported on Saturday morning, Kim Carr, the mayor of Huntington Beach, told a news conference.

She called the spill an “environmental catastrophe” and a “potential ecological disaster”. The beachside city, about 40 miles (65 km) south of Los Angeles, was bearing the brunt of the spill.

Carr added: “Our wetlands are being degraded and portions of our coastline are now covered in oil.”

The spill was caused by a breach connected to the Elly oil rig and stretched from the Huntington Beach Pier down to Newport Beach, an area popular with surfers and sunbathers.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife ordered a fishery closure for coastal areas affected by the spill.

The closure will extend from Huntington Beach to Dana Point for the coastal areas, and it will extend up to six miles off the coastal points for the offshore area, the department said late Sunday.

Carr said the oil rig was operated by Beta Offshore, a California subsidiary of Houston-based Amplify Energy Corporation (AMPY.N). Calls to Beta and Amplify went unanswered.

Carr, in her remarks, added: “In the coming days and weeks we challenge the responsible parties to do everything possible to rectify this environmental catastrophe.”

Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher said at a press conference in Long Beach that the pipeline had been shut off and remaining oil suctioned out. He said divers were still trying to determine where and why the spill occurred.

CLEAN-UP

U.S. Representative Michelle Steel, a Republican representing part of the affected area, sent a letter to Democratic President Joe Biden requesting a major disaster declaration for Orange County, which would free up federal funds to help with the clean-up efforts.

Steel later told CNN: “This is a really serious disaster”.

Cottie Petrie-Norris, a Democratic state assembly member representing some areas affected by the spill, said she had “huge concerns” about the extent of the damage to the environment, communities and local economy.

She told CNN the spill was a “call to action that we need to stop drilling off our precious California coast.”

Oil production off California’s coast has declined sharply since its peak in the 1990s, in part due to the state’s strict environmental rules. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom said he wants to end oil drilling in the state by 2045.

Offshore drilling was restricted in the state after a devastating 1969 oil spill off Santa Barbara that dumped 80,000 barrels into the ocean. Another spill off Santa Barbara in 2015 sent as much as 2,400 barrels onto the shore and into the Pacific.

Oceana, an ocean conservation group, also called for an end to offshore oil and gas drilling.

Jacqueline Savitz, Oceana’s chief policy officer, said in a statement: “This is just the latest tragedy of the oil industry. It’s well past time to prevent future oil spills by permanently protecting our coasts from offshore drilling.”

The spill occurred in federal waters. Officials said federal, state and city agencies were involved in a response headed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

On Sunday, Orange County supervisor Katrina Foley said the oil had infiltrated the Talbert Marsh, a large ecological reserve, causing “significant damage.”

Beaches were closed to swimming and a local air show was canceled, although some people were undeterred from setting up chairs on the beach to enjoy a sunny Sunday or strolling along the pier.

Carr said officials had deployed 2,050 feet (625 meters) of protective booms, which help contain and slow the oil flows.

The U.S. Coast Guard, working with local and state agencies, flew airplanes and deployed boats to assess the spill and had hired contractors to clean it up. About 3,150 gallons of oil have been recovered from the water, the Coast Guard said.

Officials said they were investigating the cause of the spill and the type of oil involved.

Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Additional reporting by Tim Reid and Nichola Groom in Los Angeles; David Brunnstrom in Washington and Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Christopher Cushing, Lisa Shumaker and Giles Elgood

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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  1. donatella
    ottobre 7, 2021 alle 8:50 am

    La Terra,il Suo Mare, il Nostro Cassonetto dei Rifiuti, e ce li sputa tutti addosso, uccidendo tutta la Sua Vita ( purtroppo soprattutto e prima di tutto gli esseri innocenti di Flora e Fauna) …..e si va avanti così ….presi da altro più importante!!!????

  2. capitonegatto
    ottobre 7, 2021 alle 10:40 PM

    Sempre piu’ affamati di energia proveniente da carbone e petrolio ( sempre in costante aumento e sempre incentivati ) , altro che energia verde sostenibile !!

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