The beaches are reopening but the California Department of Justice isn’t forgetting about the recent oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach.
Rob Bonta, California’s attorney general, announced on Monday that the state’s justice department will investigate the spill from an undersea pipeline which polluted the waters near Los Angeles, blackened beaches, killed dozens of animals and hurt businesses in the area.
According to an article on the NBC News website, Bonta told reporters that the state justice department is “prepared to do what is necessary to get a full accounting of what happened, how it happened, who did what when and fully reveal the facts and circumstances of this incident.”
The attorney general plans to work with other state, local and federal authorities to determine the cause of the spill and what, if anything, could have been done to minimize or prevent the disaster.
The cause is still under investigation, but officials believe that the pipeline was damaged by a large ship’s anchor several months to a year before the rupture. The pipeline was also dragged more than 100 feet along the seafloor.
It is unclear whether the investigation will prompt a criminal or civil action yet.
Bonta’s office identified Amplify Energy as the company responsible for the pipeline that leaked into the ocean.
The Huntington Beach shorelines reopened on Monday after testing showed that there were no detectable amounts of oil associated toxins in the water.
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