$1 Million Settlement Approved Over Huntington Beach Oil Spill

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors has accepted a nearly $1 million settlement to cover the costs of cleaning up an Oct. 2 oil spill in Huntington Beach.

In a 4-1 vote Wednesday, regulators voted to accept a $956,352 payout from Amplify Energy, the company that owned the oil rig that spilled more than 25,000 gallons of crude oil into Huntington Beach waters last year.

Supervisor Katrina Foley said the settlement was “a victory for taxpayers.”

“We are grateful that we solved it in a fairly short time and that we have been reimbursed to the county for every dollar spent, including attorney’s fees and costs,” Foley told The Times. “I’m happy with the result.”

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Foley said the claim, which was filed earlier this year, came to a settlement much earlier than expected. She said the City of Huntington Beach has also filed a separate claim that is still pending.

Andrew Do was the only regulator to vote against the settlement, saying it could potentially hold the county liable for more unsecured expenses in the future.

“Getting $900,000 or even $1 million for potential claims to be reduced in the future is peanuts,” Do told City News Service. “If we have lawsuits in the future and we can’t go to Amplify to indemnify us, then within six months $1 million in legal fees will be gone…Until we see with more clarity the number of claims, but also the type claims, we also need to keep in mind that we may have claims that may not materialize in the coming years.

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Federal investigators and the U.S. Coast Guard estimate that the oil spill reached more than 8,300 acres of ocean surface in October, caused by a pipeline damaged by a ship anchor that most likely belonged to the caravan of cargo ships that stood outside the Port of Los Angeles for several months. Long Beach.

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