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Rep. Steel: “Get these ships moving”

Today Rep Michelle Steel (CA-48) released the below statement following President Biden’s announcement that the Port of Los Angeles will begin operating 24 hours a day to reduce the unprecedented backlog that is threatening coastline safety and causing nationwide supply chain issues. This comes less than two weeks after a devastating oil spill off the Orange County coast that may have been caused by a ship’s anchor dragging a pipeline more than 100 feet along the seabed.

“I am glad the Administration is finally acting on this issue and now it’s time to approve the Major Disaster Declaration I asked for more than a week ago. The backlog in our ports has caused ships to idle off our coastline for weeks, which may have contributed to the oil spill that devastated our community. I urge the President to approve this request and applaud these efforts to get these ships moving quickly and out of our coastal waters.”

Yesterday, Rep. Steel introduced the Stopping Hazardous Incidents in the Pacific Act of 2021 (SHIP Act), which would ban cargo ships from idling or anchoring off the coast of Orange County. This legislation was authored following reports that the oil spill that devastated Orange County was caused by a ship anchor or chain of a vessel hitting the pipeline and dragging it along the seafloor. The pipe “may also have been struck several other times by other ships’ anchors,” according to the latest reporting.

You can read the text of the SHIP Act here.

This article was released by the Office of Representative Michelle Steel.

5 Comments

  1. The executives that run the Ports of LA and Long Beach are making $millions each year and they did not have the intelligence to schedule people on 3-shifts, pay OT, hire people etc to allow the ports to operate 24-hours a day? The President should not have to get involved and say the obvious thing. This same overload of inbound shipping happened about 10-12 years ago and they eventually did the same thing, operate 24-hours/day. Rep Steel and other politicians should stop the grandstanding and ask for funds to compensate the fishing industry and others that depend on our local waters to make a living. The recent oil leak may have been caused by an anchor from one of the waiting ships dragging the pipeline out of position. If this theory proves true then if there were no ships lined up along shore to unload, then the anchor incident may not have occurred.

  2. Where is your legislation to ban oil drilling off our coast ? There will never be one across your desk as these companies that drill are your donors to which own you. Lets be honest on who is respondsible Ms. Steel ?

    1. Larry,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Rather than berating Rep. Steel regarding her alleged purchase by oil interests, perhaps you could provide details on how California could operate without the oil that is pumped by offshore drilling platforms. Where does the oil go? Who processes it? To whom is it sold? How is it used? What will replace it if offshore drilling is banned? How will a total ban on offshore drilling effect the cost of energy in California?

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

  3. Rep Steel
    Just plese shut up. You have no clue what you are talking about and hav shown you are just a paid useless politician. Please do what you do best nothing.

    1. Lorenzo,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Rather than insist on silence from Rep. Steel — which is not going to happen and does not enlighten our readers — you could perhaps add further information on why you think that Rep. Steel is a “paid useless politician.”

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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