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Last updated 11/14/2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 12:15pm
Most oil removed from water, focus now on cleaning up fuel barge, dock and pilings
Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard continue to oversee oil spill cleanup operations today at Tesoro Port Angeles Terminal in Port Angeles.
The spill occurred early Wednesday morning (Nov. 7) when an Olympic Tug & Barge fuel barge was overfilled during fueling operations at the fueling terminal in Port Angeles Harbor. Olympic Tug & Barge is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harley Marine Services.
Approximately 50 to 100 gallons of heavy fuel oil that reached the water was successfully captured inside containment boom that had been placed around the barge before the fuel transfer began. An unknown amount of spilled fuel stayed on the deck of the Harley Marine barge.
By day's end Wednesday, cleanup contractors Global Diving & Salvage and Marine Spill Response Corp. had cleaned up nearly all of the spilled oil from the water using absorbent materials.
Today, crews are cleaning the heavy oil from the side of the barge, Tesoro's fuel dock and the pilings underneath. The containment boom will remain in place during the operations.
No oiled mammals, birds, fish or other
wildlife have been observed. The cause of the spill remains under investigation.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 2:30pm
Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, Marine
Spill Response Corp and Global Diving & Salvage continue to clean up a heavy
fuel oil spill in Port Angeles that occurred early this morning.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 9:30am
Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Spill Response Corp., and Global Diving & Salvage are responding to an estimated 840-gallon heavy fuel oil spill at Port Angles and between 50 and 100 gallons reached the water.
The spill was reported at 3:20 a.m. It occurred after a fuel barge owned by Olympic Tug & Barge was overfilled during fueling operations at the Tesoro Port Angeles Terminal in Port Angeles Harbor. Olympic Tug & Barge is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harley Marine Services.
Oil spill containment boom (pre-booming) had been deployed for the fueling operation, which is helping contain the heavy oil on the water.
Under state law, Ecology requires pre-booming for large-volume oil transfers over water to provide a first line of defense should a spill occur. Before the Washington Legislature directed Ecology to change its oil transfer rules, spills during oil transfers were a significant source of pollution.
Ecology and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are conducting an over flight to determine if oil escaped from inside the pre-boomed area.More information about the spill will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
Photos taken by Ecology spill responder, Andrea Unger.
Photos taken by Ecology vessel inspector, Mike Cahill.
Photos taken by Ecology natural resource damage assessment lead, Rebecca Post.
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