Ship’s anchor may have cracked pipeline, causing California oil spill

The massive California oil spill may have been caused by a ship’s anchor that cracked a pipeline on the ocean floor, officials said Monday.

The revelation came as it surfaced that the operator of the suspect pipeline has been cited 72 times in the past for environmental and safety violations, according to records cited by The Associated Press.

As environmental crews feverishly worked to try to contain the slick, which was spreading in a “southerly direction” down the state’s coast, the head of the firm operating the pipeline told reporters that divers investigating the cause were focusing on “one area of significant interest” along the structure.

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