Environmental Advocates Suing For Oil Spill

Jose Chavez

Months after a Southern California oil spill, environmental advocates say that they are going to sue the federal government over the failure to review and update the plans for platforms off the coast.

The Center for Biological Diversity has sent a notice to the Secretary of the Interior about its intent to sue. Notices are a requirement for lawsuits against the federal government.

This notice came a month after a pipeline owned by Houston-based Amplify Energy leaked at least 25,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off the coast of Orange County.

Environmentalists feared for the worst; however, the damages have been less than what was initially feared. Much of this crude oil broke up at sea and some local officials put up booms to keep the oil off of sensitive wetlands.

Under federal law, the government is now required to review oil development and production plans for leases in federal waters and revise them as needed in response to changing conditions or activities. “It rarely happens, though.” said Miyoko Sakashita, ocean director at the CBD.

The cause of this spill is now under investigation, but federal officials said the pipeline might have been damaged by a nearby ship anchor.