“The pipeline has essentially been pulled like a bow string.”
Amplify CEO Martyn Willsher describing his company's pipeline that led to an oil leak off the West Coast; he says a cargo ship's anchor may have cracked the pipe.
oct 7, 2021
- Federal investigators reportedly echo Willsher's description that the pipeline was moved or dragged (according to reports) 100 feet from its original location. (CBS News)
- The Associated Press did an investigation looking into a cargo ship's unusual movements near the rupture of the pipeline; the Coast Guard is also investigating. The ship in question denies any involvement.
- Controversy has continued over how long it took both Amplify, a large Texas oil and gas company, and the Coast Guard to respond to reports of an oil leak.
Why It Matters: This has been described as one of the most significant oil spills in recent history and required closing beaches; further questions have surfaced about not only how much oil was spilled (some estimates now say far less than previously thought) but also proper response times to such an emergency.