Biologists Examine Damage to Water and Wildlife Caused by California Oil Leak


Published Date : May 22, 2015

Environmentalists are scurrying to inspect the damage caused by the broken oil pipeline that spilled crude into the sea waters off the California coast, two days ago. The environmentalists are trying to measure the extent of contamination on the approximately nine miles of ocean that is abundant with coastal wildlife. 

Scientists believe that though the beach near Santa Barbara would take weeks to clean it is evident that it would take years to know the intensity of harm to the water and wildlife. But the oil spill of 105,000 gallons is smaller than the earlier incidents of 2010 in Gulf of Mexico and near Santa Barbara in 1969. 

The recent oil leakage was discovered on Tuesday and is a result of a spill from an onshore facility pipe that spilled into a culvert that gradually flowed out into the ocean. Work crews started digging the pipeline to investigate why the pipeline had ruptured when the emergency was declared on Wednesday night. Refugio State Beach was closed due to the stench and black grease and cleaning crews have been at work since Memorial Day weekend trying to clear the popular tourist beach and rocks around it. 

The U.S. coast guard has confirmed that there has been an attempt to vacuum and skim approximately 7,700 gallons of water mixed with oil on the ocean’s surface. Environmentalists have discovered dead fish and seen 5 oil soaked pelicans in the area. 

A scientific journal states that the frequency of dolphins perishing in the Gulf of Mexico could be attributed to the Deepwater Horizon oil leak. The recent oil spill has ignited debates about how oil leakage cleaning technology is outdated and has not progressed compared to 1969. The disasters are happening frequently and nothing seems to have changed to deal with such damage.