Polar Texas-Conoco Phillips Spill

Summary Statement / Investigation Report

7,200 gallons of crude oil released in Puget Sound was eventually traced back to the Polar Texas, owned and operated by Conoco-Phillips.

U.S. Coast Guard and Ecology contractors conducted a cleanup of oil on water and impacted shorelines.

Summary of Information
Date of incident October 13, 2004
Location Dalco Passage, Quartermaster Harbor
County Pierce & King
Status of incident* Closed - Pending NRDA
Product /Quantity ANS Crude Oil
Recovered product 59 tons of oily debris from shorelines; 6842 gallons of oily water
Cost Recovery $ 483,000
NRDA* $ Under negotiation
Penalty $ 540,000; paid in full
Cause Oil spilled while ship attempted to introduce ballast water into its oil tanks.
Responsible party ConocoPhillips
* Status:

Active: Cleanup in progress
Inactive: No clean up activities. Investigation follow-up
Closed: Investigation completed

* NRDA: Natural Resource Damage Assessment


Historical Information
1/5/05 - Final Early Action Task Force Report
News Releases
Fact Sheet