Officials knew about oil spill before public was notified: report

Officials were notified of oil in the water hours before the public was told of a massive Southern California spill, a bombshell new report claims.

Documents show that the state’s Office of Spill Prevention had been notified several times that a “sheen” was in the waters off Orange County Friday night and early Saturday – even though it wasn’t until 8:55 a.m. that the company Amplify Energy reported a leak had sprung in its pipeline, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Times’ report comes as agencies face questions about the response to the disaster, with residents claiming there had been a distinct smell of fuel in the air on Friday.

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