KGO Hosts React: California Oil Spill

Workers in protective suits clean oil in an inlet leading to the Wetlands Talbert Marsh after an oil spill in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. A major oil spill off the coast of Southern California fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday, to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Authorities believe they have identified the source of an oil spill off the California coastthat has shuttered beaches and threatened wildlife. But as more information is revealed about the ecological emergency, more questions arise.

The source of the spill that spewed up to 144,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean likely came down to a 13-inch split found in a 4,000-foot section of the pipe that had been pulled about 105 feet to the side, authorities said.

KGO hosts John Rothmmann, Chip Franklin and Mark Thompson react to the shocking spill.

John Rothmann is horrified by the oil spill in southern California

As a huge oil spill threatens Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and other cities along the Orange County coast, officials say they’re investigating the possibility that a ship’s anchor might have struck a pipeline, causing the leak. Amplify Energy Chief Executive Martyn Willsher said during a news conference Monday that a ship’s anchor striking the pipeline is “one of the distinct possibilities” for the cause of the massive oil spill.


Chip Franklin – CA Oil Spill Cause and Timeline

ABC’s Alex Stone reports that state documents show the first reports of possible oil on the water came in on Friday evening.  By early Saturday morning NOAA reported likely oil seen in satellite imagery.  But it wasn’t until nearly 9am on Saturday morning that the owner of the pipeline reported the leak and hours after that when the public was informed. Today, the first federal lawsuit was already being filed against the pipeline owner.

Chip Franklin – Why Newsom Must End Oil Permits

Liza Tucker of Consumer Watchdog  on what needs to happen to protect state waters and those who live near oil drilling sites.


DC Report’s David Cay Johnston joins The Mark Thompson Show to discuss the California oil spill

David Cay Johnston, is the co-founder DCReport.org; 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winner & 4-time bestselling author.

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