Podcast: Oil Spill Along California’s Fragile Coast
It’s been about a week since a major oil spill hit the southern California coastline near Orange County. Tar blotted sensitive wetlands. The birds and the fish died. Miles of beaches were closed. The Los Angeles Times newsroom has produced dozens of stories trying to make sense of what happened, and what we’ve found so far isn’t pretty: old oil rigs and offshore pipelines — being bought by companies with a history of safety violations.
Today, we talk to Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Connor Sheets about the causes of the so-called Huntington Beach oil spill. An environmental activist described what she found when visiting offshore drilling rigs in Southern California in 2018.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: Connor Sheets, investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times and director of the Oceans Program at the Center for Biodiversity Miyoko Sakashita