MEDIA ADVISORY: Crude Oil Release Following Anchor Strikes of Underwater Pipeline off California Coast Subject of Dec. 5 NTSB Board Meeting


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​​​​WASHINGTON (Nov. 21, 2023) – The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a virtual public board meeting Dec. 5 to determine the probable cause of a crude oil release that followed anchor strikes on an underwater pipeline in San Pedro Bay near Huntington Beach, California.

On Oct. 1, 2021, crude oil began leaking from a crack that had developed in an underwater pipeline. The pipeline was shut down after oil was spotted on the surface of the water. An estimated 588 barrels of oil leaked from the pipeline.

During the meeting, NTSB board members will discuss safety issues related to the incident. The board will vote on the probable cause and findings related to the crude oil release and issue any safety recommendations. 

Members of the public and the media can view the webcast of the meeting at 

Additional information is included in the public docket for the investigation. The docket includes more than 3,000 pages of factual information such as reports, interview transcripts and other investigative materials.

WHAT: A virtual NTSB board meeting on the October 2021 crude oil release in San Pedro Bay following anchor strikes of an underwater pipeline 

WHO: NTSB investigative staff and board members

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time

HOW: A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at  ​   

To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).