Ensuring Safety in Oil and Gas Operations in Orange County, CA

At Aera, our professional security staff is devoted to guaranteeing safety in oil and gas operations in Orange County, CA. Every day, they inspect maritime oil terminal transfer activities at 34 sites along the coast, inspecting activities and enforcing regulations. Our team is always on the lookout for potential risks and tracks all indicators to make sure that the right permissions are in place and that audits are producing positive results. We also learn from security-related incidents both inside and outside of Aera to prevent them from occurring again.

Platform inspections are also conducted to guarantee the integrity of platform safety systems and that equipment is available and in good working order to respond to emergencies or spills. The Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, 1990, covers all aspects of preventing and responding to marine oil spills. This act divides enforcement between the Commission and the Office of Spill Prevention and Response, a division of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The NRDA will financially quantify the damage caused by the oil spill in terms of habitat and human use. The public is encouraged to contact the National Response Center (1-800-424-880) if they observe more oil on the beach or in the water.

PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) are hazardous chemicals found in oil that can accumulate along marine food chains, particularly in fish and shellfish caught for human consumption, “increasing the risk of cancer and other adverse health conditions”. Every day, nearly two million barrels of oil are transferred through pipelines between ships and coasts at California's offshore oil terminals. Audits are conducted to ensure compliance with Articles 3, 3, 4 and 3, 6.These audits evaluate the design and condition of each platform and ground installation as well as whether platform operators produce safely. All coastal habitats are considered to be free from oil and the telephone number and email address have been deactivated to report the accumulation of tar. Crude oil is a mixture of toxic chemicals such as benzene and other carcinogens, which can come in different forms with different impacts on the ecosystem. The Mineral Resources Management Division is responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of all offshore oil and gas pipelines (California Oil Production Regulations (article 2132, Pipeline Operation and Maintenance) and the California Offshore Pipeline Inspection Study (MOA) between state and federal agencies).

The pipeline (owned by Amplify Energy) transports crude oil from the Elly offshore oil platform located off the coast of Orange County in federal waters to Long Beach. The Marine Environmental Protection Division operates a marine oil terminal monitoring and inspection program with responsibility divided between its local offices in Hercules (Northern California) and Long Beach (Southern California).

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