Department of Ecology News Release - March 15, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

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UPDATE: Ecology and the US Coast Guard responding to oil spill in Anacortes

(OLYMPIA) – The state Department of Ecology and US Coast Guard responded to an oil spill at the Shell Refinery in Anacortes today and confirm the entire spill is contained in their waste-water treatment facility.

The refinery reported the spill at 9:30 a.m. and estimated a potential of up to 8,000 gallons of crude oil spilled. At this time responders and refinery personnel believe it is likely that much less spilled, but more exact volumes will not be available until later in the investigation.  

The spill occurred when a hose used to transfer crude oil from a storage tank to a pipeline burst. Refinery workers are performing cleanup measures for soil and sediment contamination on site, but no threats to wildlife or the community exist.

Further updates about the spill will be provided as information becomes available.

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Media Contacts:

Lisa Copeland, communications, 360-407-6990

Katelyn Shearer, US Coast Guard media relations; (206) 669-2970

For more information:

Ecology Spills Program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/socialmedia.html)