An oil gloss spotted in the ocean near last month’s oil pipeline is leaking out Southern California disappeared within hours, but the source remains a mystery, authorities said.
The U.S. Coast Guard sent planes and boats Saturday to investigate the oil spill about 70 feet (21 meters) by 30 feet (9 meters) off the coast of Orange Country
The source of the shine was not immediately determined, and it was unknown when it was first noticed, the Orange County Register reported.
As of Saturday at about 2 p.m., the shine was no longer visible, said Jenna Driscoll, a liaison officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Coast Guard officials said Saturday night the glare had not reappeared and they would continue to monitor the area.
“It could be nothing, it could be something, but we want to make sure we get an investigation soon,” Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley told the Register on Saturday. “We don’t want to repeat what happened last time.”
The shine spotted Saturday was in the same area where an underwater pipeline from Houston-based Amplify Energy leaked to about 25,000 gallons (94,635 liters) of crude oil on Oct. 2. lead to rescues of marine mammals.
The spill’s impact was less than initially feared, but it affected local wetlands and wildlife and closed off the shoreline to surf enthusiasts Huntington Beach for a week.