The US Coast Guard has appointed a second “stakeholder” to the owner and operator of a cargo ship involved in an October oil spill haul incident off the southern California coast.
US Coast Guard officials boarded the Beijing at Long Beach Harbor Thursday.
According to a U.S. Coast Guard press release on Friday, both V.Ships Greece Ltd.
Capetanissa Maritime Corporation is a subsidiary of Costamere Inc. that chartered the Beijing from COSCO Shipping Lines.
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The pipeline was later discovered to be the source of the Orange County Oil Spill, which was discovered on October 2nd.
On October 16, the US Coast Guard called MSC DANIT, a cargo ship, as a “party in the interest” for its possible involvement in the January 25 anchor-towing incident.
It happened near a pipeline that was later discovered to be the source of an oil spill that was discovered off Huntington Beach in Orange County in early October.
It is estimated that at least 25,000 gallons of crude oil were released.
Investigators assume that the MSC DANIT pulled its anchor an unknown distance before coming into contact with the 16-inch steel pipe.
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The FBI has previously confirmed to FOX Business that it is collaborating with a number of other federal agencies in the investigation into the oil spill.
“The FBI has joined an investigation into the Orange County oil spill near Huntington Beach, California and is one of many federal agencies investigating the cause of the breakdown.”
California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a October 11 press release that the oil spill had “far-reaching consequences.”
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“The oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach is an environmental disaster with far-reaching consequences for our fish and wildlife, for our communities and for our economy,” said Bonta. “I would like to thank all of our local, state, and federal partners who work around the clock to protect the health and safety of Californians and to reduce the damage to our environment and natural resources. In times of crisis, it takes all of us – working together – to get the job done. My office is committed to providing the people and resources necessary to ensure this environmental disaster is fully investigated and we will follow the facts wherever they take us. “
Fox News previously reported on November 12th that Beijing was being investigated.
Kelly Laco of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.