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Monday, 11/2/10 11:47 pm
The October 27, 2010 oil spill in Salmon Bay remains under investigation. The Department of Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard continue to gather information on vessels that passed through, into or out of the bay, which lies along the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle. The two agencies will collect oil samples from these and other vessels in the area that may be of interest to investigators.
This process will take time, as investigators board and collect samples from each vessel, and then for laboratory work. It may take several weeks to complete this evidence-gathering phase of the case.
Cleanup crews collected recoverable oil from the water in the Ballard Mill Marina, across Salmon Bay, north of Fishermen’s Terminal on October 27. By day’s end, no more oil could be collected. A thin oil coating remained visible on water in the Salmon Bay area through October 29.
This spill appears to be a combined incident, because there were two kinds of oil suspected on the water: hydraulic oil and red-dyed diesel fuel oil, both commonly used by commercial vessels. The amount spilled remains unknown. A few dozen gallons can create a surface coating the size of this spill’s area, which includes the area in Fishermen’s Terminal, Ballard Mill Marina, the reach of water between them, and waters to the west. At its height, the spill coated approximately 90 acres.
Wednesday, 10/27/10 5:00 pm
Cleanup and investigation continue in Salmon Bay spill
Wednesday, 10/27/10 12:50 pm
The state Department of Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard are responding to an oil spill at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle. An oil slick, originating there has spread north across Salmon Bay. Responders are working to identify and control the source of the spill and to begin cleanup work.
More information about the spill will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
Date of Incident:
Responsible Party: Unknown
Larry Altose, media relations
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