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Harbor Patrol Searched but was Unable to Locate the California Oil Spill

An hour before the US Coast Guard reported hearing about oil on the water, Harbor Patrol vessels in Southern California picked up on a marine radio emergency channel reports of a possible gasoline spill off the coast.

According to Carrie Braun, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, about 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, Harbor Patrol vessels off the shore of Huntington Beach pulled up a radio discussion among local boaters reporting an oily odor as well as sheen on the water.According to Jeannie Shaye, Commander of Coast Guard Lt., the federal agency requested that the vessel report to the National Action Center, which is operated by the Coast Guard and informs other agencies of crises for rapid response.

The leak of about 25,000 gallons (94,635 liters) of petroleum from a pipeline operated by Houston-based Amplify Energy, which transported oil from three offshore rigs, caused the closure of some of the region’s trademark beaches and fisheries, as well as impacted animal and plant life.In the days following the spill, Coast Guard personnel provided contradictory versions of the early reaction timeframe.

On Thursday, Shaye acknowledged that numerous reports about a probable leak came in through the marine radio channel, but she claimed her agency only acted after contact from the moored vessel about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.She stated that the Coast Guard contacted state and local police about 7 p.m. but did not conduct a search due to the approaching darkness. Braun stated that the port patrol had concluded their inspection at that time.

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