I am going to gather a team of Environmentalist to investigate the old oil spill of the SS Frank H. Buck, and the new oil spill. This investigation should be funded by the Buck Foundation Institute. We need scientists at Lands End to look for oil residue.
Above are scenes from the movie The Sandpiper starring my cousin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, who plays an artist. Liz looks very much like my late sister, Christine Rosemond Benton, whose partner in the first Rosamond Gallery in Carmel, was Oil Man, Lawrence Chazen. There needs to be a study on how many billions of dollars the California Coast generates. The cabin in the Sandpiper was moved.
The full scale of the ecological damage from the Huntington Beach oil spill will take some time to become clear, with birds and marine mammals hardest hit in the short term.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533
That’s the view of experts with experience of other incidents as they consider a suspected underwater pipe leak that spilled roughly 126,000 gallons of crude oil just miles off the Southern Californian coast.
“The recovery is going to be very uneven,” Steve Murawski, a fisheries biologist and marine ecologist at the University of South Florida said.
Dead birds and fish reportedly washed up along the miles of black-splotched shore as rescue workers rushed to recover oiled animals. Seven birds have been saved from the scene and another, a pelican, had to be euthanized. So far, there are no official reports tallying fatalities of animals or invertebrates.
Murawski has spent years studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill – the largest offshore spill in US history that dumped 134m gallons into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days in 2010, contaminating 1,300 miles across five states. Thousands of animals perished in that spill and the effects can still be seen and felt today, more than a decade later.
The situation unfolding in Huntington Beach is not on the same scale as the Deepwater Horizon disaster but there are still important takeaways and lessons learned, Murawski said.
He said birds and marine mammals will be hit, especially those that congregate along Southern California’s offshore islands or pass through its coastal wetlands. Smaller creatures like plankton could take a hit, but their fast lifecycle will likely ensure they bounce back quickly. “The longer alive and the slower growing things, like abalone and other things that can’t get out of the way,” he said, “that might be more problematic.”.
The effects could be felt long after the sand is cleared of the black sludge, especially in the impacted marshes and wetlands – critical habitats for migratory and shorebirds and several endangered species.
Researchers have also found that oil deposits don’t always float. Tar balls can find their way into underwater sediment or collect against sand banks where the waves crest near the shore, complicating cleanup efforts. Winter storms may continue to drudge up contamination long after containment is achieved.
“You will have to go through a number of rounds of beach cleanup and every time you have a storm you are going to see those tar balls back up on the beach,” Murawski said, noting that British Petroleum, the company responsible for Deepwater Horizon, was pulling up huge nets of tar and sand for years after the disaster. “I would imagine that that’s going to be a persistent headache for the people who are supposed to clean the beach up.”
Clearing oil from the sand and surface waters is a somewhat straightforward process, but it gets far more complex in the delicate marshes and wetlands. These areas, which are also home to a diverse array of species including migratory birds and endangered plants and animals, might be permanently affected by the oil spill.