Ship’s anchor may have caused huge California oil spill
A ship’s anchor may have snagged, dragged and torn an underwater pipeline that spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the ocean off Southern California, according to federal investigators who also discovered that the pipeline owner did not quickly shut down operations after a system security alerted of a possible spill.
Questions remained about the timeline of the weekend’s spill, which tainted beaches and a protected swamp, potentially shutting them down for weeks, along with commercial and recreational fishing, a major blow to the local economy.
Some reports of a possible spill, a smell of petroleum and an oily sheen on the waters off Huntington Beach arrived Friday night but were unsubstantiated and the pipeline operator, Amplify Energy Corp. , did not report a spill until the next morning, authorities said.
The distressed student loan cancellation program is being overhauled
Biden administration set to relax rules on student loan cancellation program that has been criticized for its notoriously complex requirements – a change that could offer debt relief to thousands of teachers, workers social workers, military and other officials.