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Letter to the Editor: Rep. Michelle Steel pushes for oil spill accountability

Two weeks ago, oil spilled onto the coast of Southern California. Since this disastrous event, Representative Michelle Steel took proactive measures to stand up for our community.

A low-pressure alarm went off at 2:30 a.m., yet Amplify Energy did not shut off the pipe until 6:01 a.m. There is no reason it should take three hours to detect a broken pipe and report it to our Coast Guard.

The Representative recently proposed the SHIP Act to ban cargo ships from idling or anchoring within 20 miles off Orange County’s coast for the next 180 days.

Steel further addressed President Biden demanding a federal investigation against Amplify Energy to see if they breached their Congressionally mandated emergency response programs and notification services.

As a fighter for California taxpayers, Steel prepares to fight for more efficient government institutions and hold our government and local leaders responsible for the oil spill.

Sarah Evleth
Resident of Huntington Beach, CA

2 Comments

  1. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA

    what a dumb solution to this very real environmental disaster. sounds like Ms. Steel is trying hard to be the Grinch this Xmas. the supply chain is broken and she just wants to make it worse—making sure all the little kiddies don’t get Xmas presents just because she won’t support banning offshore drilling.

    when an emergency presents itself in Orange County—you can always bet on Michelle Steel to act like the partisan hack that she is. she’s chock full of GOP talking points, but offers no real solutions to the problem at hand. need I remind you of her talking about masks on dogs when COVID began?

    1. Baby,

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

      Setting aside your particular antipathy towards Rep. Steel, it appears from your comment that you support banning offshore drilling.

      Say all offshore drilling is banned. What happens “downstream” from the no-longer-operating drilling platform? Where does that oil go? Presumably to be refined into a useful product or products, perhaps gasoline made to the stringent recipe insisted on by the State of California. How will that missing California-recipe gasoline be replaced? Will the refineries get partially or completely mothballed? Are there pipelines coming from elsewhere to feed them and keep them running? Where elsewhere?

      The current Administration in Washington killed the Keystone Pipeline, so if there are no pipelines from out-of-state to feed the refineries, it is unlikely new pipelines will be built. Will a ban on offshore drilling force us all into electric cars? How will Southern California Edison be able to generate enough electricity from “green” sources to support millions of electric cars? If Edison cannot generate the electricity — they’ve been divesting themselves of generating capacity for a while, becoming a transport system solely — will Southern California become more dependent on imported electricity? Imported from where? If we become so much more dependent on the electrical power grid, how can it be made more robust?

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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