Laguna Beach owners take legal action over Orange County oil spill
Amplify Energy Corp. is under fire in a new trial over the recent Orange County oil spill.
Landowners along Laguna Beach’s waterfront are suing the company that “owns the oil rig and undersea pipeline at the center of a massive leak off the coast of Huntington Beach.” Currently, the plaintiffs are seeking damages for “loss of use, potential decline in property value and decrease in rental income,” according to the lawsuit.
For those who don’t know, a pipeline owned by Amplify Energy Corp. was broken up earlier this month. According to Stephen and Kristin Samuelian, as well as SK5-Keller Legacy LLC, the incident could have been completely avoided “if the company had properly maintained the line and acted quickly when the spill started”. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Los Angeles, further states:
“The Orange County coast is a special place with blue water, iconic piers, famous surf spots and beautiful beaches… Much of the economic life of this region revolves around coastal areas and beaches. Thousands of people in Orange County depend on the ocean and beaches for work and play. Beachfront owners enjoy direct access to blue waters and beautiful coastlines, and residents stroll the beaches, fish from the shores, swim, surf, kayak, and use and enjoy their properties.
The plaintiffs allege: “Now the contamination from the defendants’ oil spill has undermined the health of the environment and coastal real estate by the sea.” It should be noted that the Samuelians “own a house by the sea in Laguna Beach and are investing in a rental property nearby ”.
What led to the rupture of the pipeline, however? Well, according to the lawsuit, the exact chronology of events is not known and is under investigation. However, “it appears that the defendants did not act quickly to respond to signs of pipeline failure or did not notify the relevant government agencies,” say lawyers representing the Samuelians. How? ‘Or’ What?
According to the Pipeline Safety Office of the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the company “received a pressure drop alarm at 2:30 a.m., but the pipeline carrying crude oil was closed only around 6 am Saturday “.
The plaintiffs added that “the alleged delay and inadequate response run counter to the defendants’ oil spill response plan.” It further specifies:
“Despite the efforts of volunteers and professional responders, the spill affected many marine protected areas as well as the beaches of Huntington Beach and the south… As the oil spilled out, its terrible consequences also spread. Fish, birds and marine mammals have died after being covered with oil or exposed to toxic compounds in petroleum. Tar balls and oil reflections from the defendants’ oil spill have polluted beaches far south of Huntington Beach. “
The complaint also alleges that Amplify Energy failed to properly maintain the pipeline, which left it “susceptible to corrosion and fracture.” The lawyers said, “Regular pipeline maintenance is a critical step that pipeline owners must take in order to avoid exactly the disaster that has occurred with the pipeline.”
Orange County oil spill: Laguna Beach landowners take legal action
Oil spill: Laguna Beach owners sue Amplify Energy Corp.