Anacortes Shell Refinery Oil Spill

(Information on this site is considered to be accurate at the time of posting, but is subject to change as new information becomes available.)  


Saturday, March 15, 2014  4:00 PM

Refinery personnel and crews from the Coast Guard and Ecology responded to the scene and confirm the spill is completely contained. The crude oil spill had the potential to be up to 8,000 gallons, but  responders agree it is likely much less. More precise volumes will not be available until further into the investigation. No threats to wildlife or the community exist and refinery workers are performing soil and sediment cleanup on site.



Saturday, March 15, 2014  1:30 PM

Today Ecology, Coast Guard and Shell Refinery representatives are responding to an oil spill at the refinery. At 9:45 a.m. the refinery reported a crude oil spill in their waste-water treatment plant due to a hose that broke during the transfer process (crude oil was being transferred from a storage tank to a pipeline). Early indications estimate a potential spill in the 8,000 to 10,000-gallon range. A US Coast Guard over flight confirmed no oil spilled to the waters and the product is contained at the sight.

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SUMMARY INFORMATION

Date of Incident:
March 15, 2014

Location:
Anacortes Shell Refinery

Product/Quantity:
crude oil

Cause:
Broken hose at waste-water treatment plant

Responsible Party: Shell Refinery


CONTACTS:

Lisa Copeland
Department of Ecology
360-515-6868
lisa.copeland@ecy.wa.gov