PortandTerminal.com, April 26, 2020
More than 20 million barrels of crude is the highest volume of oil to ever float off of Los Angeles/Long Beach and creates an unprecedented risk of an environmental catastrophe
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Coast Guard is protecting what is believed to be about 27 oil tankers off of the Southern California Coast, according to The Los Angeles Times.
“The supply chain is being backed up, and tankers are now being used to store product that would have originally gone out to the supply chain,”Scott Lauermann of the American Petroleum Institute
Video released by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the enormous tankers neatly distanced from each other in the waters near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Due to reduced demand for crude product stemming from the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders, the tankers have no place to deliver their oil.
“Due to the unique nature of this situation, the Coast Guard is constantly evaluating and adapting our procedures to ensure the safety of the vessels at anchor and the protection of the surrounding environment,” Coast Guard Cmdr. Marshall Newberry said in a statement.
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