On October 2, 2021, a pipeline off the coast of Orange County reportedly began leaking crude oil into the sea. Though the employees operating oil platform Elly immediately notified the local authorities and Coast Guard, tens of thousands of gallons of oil entered the water and later washed up on shore. Amplify Energy, who owns the pipeline, is in the process of cleanup, but many business owners and workers in Southern California’s coastal regions faced damages. McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, represents business owners whom the Orange County oil spill impacted.
Dangers of Crude Oil Exposure
Beachgoers in Orange County may have suffered medical side effects of their exposure to the oil spill. Although authorities closed beaches from Huntington Beach to Laguna Beach, inhaling crude oil fumes and getting oil in any wounds could cause serious side effects, including:
Impacts of the Orange County Oil Spill
Due to the spill, local businesses experienced a loss of tourist revenue and foot traffic. The city cancelled the three-day Pacific Airshow on its third day. This cut off a significant source of revenue for nearby businesses. Tourists left in droves due to beach closures and event cancellations in the area.
Additionally, the oil spill caused the closure of fishing waters off the coast. Many fisheries closed until authorities addressed the spill.
Demanding Accountability from Negligent Companies Nationwide
Too often, large companies seem to cut corners to maximize profits and expansion. This reckless activity can harm not only people in their surrounding communities, but also the environment. Human-caused climate change is wreaking havoc on the natural world. McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, (MWA) believes it’s time to stand up to the corporations responsible for such a massive portion of climate change and pollution. The Environmental attorneys of MWA are dedicated to protecting the natural world and our communities from negligent actions.
If you believe you were economically impacted by the Orange County oil spill in October 2021, contact MWA or call (909) 345-8110 to schedule your free consultation.