Deadly Waters – Oil Spills & The Future of Offshore Drilling

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EcoJustice Radio covers the deadly waters of the Orange County oil spill of 25,000 gallons last October 2021. They also discuss how to move beyond offshore drilling in the US after recent disasters. Even months after the spill an oil sheen was spotted off Huntington Beach, a leak from the damaged area of a pipeline that ruptured in October Jack Eidt from WilderUtopia and Emily Parker from Heal the Bay speak with Jessica Aldridge.

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Orange County Oil Spill

Members from the Orange County shoreline cleanup and assessment team conduct cleanup operations along Huntington Beach, California, Oct. 7, 2021. These teams are trained in how to evaluate oil conditions, determine means for cleanup, identify sensitive resources as well as place constraints on cleanup if necessary, due to ecological, economic, or cultural concerns. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Janessa Warschkow.)

Time to End Offshore Drilling

A thick coat of oily crude from Platform Elly off Orange County, California has destroyed critical habitat for endangered seabirds, soiled popular public beaches, poisoned fisheries, and wasted millions of dollars spent on ecosystem restoration in local coastal wetlands. Just six years earlier, we had a similar story off Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. Our addiction to oil has us drilling in sensitive ocean ecosystems for some of the dirtiest crude, coupled with lack of safety measures from aging, corroding underwater pipelines. Sadly, this can make for a deadly mix.

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On this show, Emily Parker, Coastal and Marine Scientist with Heal the Bay and Jack Eidt, Urban Planner and Co-Founder of SoCal 350 Climate Action, discuss impacts of the Orange County oil spill and other drilling disasters to our coastal ecosystems and communities living and playing on these soiled beaches, wetlands, and tidepools. Who pays for the clean up? Do we really need to drill oil offshore and how can these rigs be decommissioned? Really the question must be broadened to when will we stop drilling for oil and gas onshore and offshore, as the time is now to decarbonize our economy and way of life to solve the climate crisis. Who will pay for that?

Emily Parker works to keep our oceans and marine ecosystems healthy and clean by advocating for strong legislation and enforcement both locally and statewide. She focuses on plastic pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and climate change related issues.

Jack Eidt is an urban planner, environmental journalist, and climate organizer, as well as award-winning fiction writer. In addition to his work with SoCal 350 and EcoJustice Radio, he is Founder and Publisher of WilderUtopia, a website dedicated to the question of Earth sustainability, finding society-level solutions to environmental, community, economic, transportation and energy needs.

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Hosted by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
Episode 117
Photo courtesy US Coast Guard

Updated 23 November 2021

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt