The ruptured pipeline connected to an offshore oil platform known as Elly, that is operated by Beta, Foley said on Twitter. Elly processes oil produced by two nearby platforms that are also operated by Beta and began production in the 1980s called Ellen and Eureka, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
An email to Amplify Energy Corp., the parent of Beta, wasn’t returned. The company told the Associated Press Sunday that the pipeline had been shut off and crude oil was no longer leaking from it.
Oil production off the California Coast has dwindled in recent years following major spills that have drawn environmental opposition. A pipeline spill on a beach near Santa Barbara in 2015 prompted the shutdown of Exxon Mobil Corp.’s last operating oil platforms off the California coast.
Ellen, Eureka and Elly are located in federal waters more than 8 miles from the shoreline. U.S. West Coast oil production in federal waters fell to 13,000 barrels a day in July from a peak of more than 200,000 barrels a day in the mid 1990s, Energy Department data show.