The company spokesperson has stated that that pipe was inspected May 5th and passed.
California has mined its petroleum for decades, but has changed policy since a spill in 1969. Offshore drilling is now banned, but the state only has jurisdiction for the first three miles of coastal waters. Oil rigs are located outside their jurisdiction.
This latest spill will serve to increase opposition to Royal Dutch Shell’s bid to drill in the Arctic. Those opposing more petroleum pipelines being built will also stiffen their resolve to oppose them. Canadians are facing proposals to add more pipeline capacity as well as new pipelines in order to ship bitumen to overseas markets.
Some environmentalists are taking up the mantra – A solar spill is described as a very nice day.
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