Updated: 10 hours 17 min ago
On October 13, 2014, a tug carrying ~2,000 gallons of marine diesel capsized in Mobile Bay, AL. Sector Mobile contacted the NOAA SSC and requested a trajectory.
On October 2, 2014, the "Baker" platform located in Cook Inlet Southwest of Anchorage, caught fire and was evacuated. The platform produces natural gas. Only a small amount of fuel is located on the platform for local power generation--10,000 gallons of diesel and 5,000 gallons of lube oil. The USCG has requested a fate model run and a trajectory for a potential release of the diesel and lube oil.
On Oct. 1, 2014, at about 1300 EDT a 65 foot salmon pen tending barge (number or name unknown) sank in approximately 70 feet of water 50-100 off the northwest corner of Black Island (due south of Mt. Desert Island) in Maine. The barge was carrying approximately 400 gallons of diesel. The fuel vents on the barge were secured before sinking and subsequent US Coast Guard reports indicated no sheening or oil on the water.
On September 29, 2014, the SCG Sector Long Island Sound contacted NOAA regarding a potential release of oil and hazardous substances (oil possibly commingled with PCBs)at the English Station Power Plant on Ball Island in the Mill River, just north of New Haven, CT harbor. Sect LIS has requested NOAA assistance in identifying resources at risk.
On September 25, 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified by the USCG Sector NY of an oil spill at IMTT in Bayonne, NJ. Due to overfilling of a barge at the facility approximately 2,100 gallons of #6 oil overflowed from the barge into the Kill Van Kull waterway. NJ regulations require pre-booming of all transfers, so the spilled oil was contained within the boom.
On September 23, 2014, USCG Sector NOLA notified NOAA about a 76 ft shrimp vessel which sank about 5 miles south of SouthWest Pass in greater than 200 ft of water, and requested a trajectory. Vessel sank at approximately 13:40 local, carrying 3,500 gallons of diesel and 15 gallons of lube oil.
On September 21, 2014, a 42' pleasure craft sank 9 miles ENE of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. The pleasure craft sank with a maximum capcity of 250 gallons of diesel fuel and 2 gallons of lube oil in approximately 129 ft of water. The USCG Sector San Juan contacted NOAA ERD at 1120ET to request fate and trajectory analysis.
On Septemerb 17, 2014, USCG Sector Lake Michigan notified the SSC of a release of 1,500 gallons of 98% sulfuric acid in the Calumet River near mile marker 328.6. USCG requested information concerning effects and dilution.
On September 14, 2014, the 65-foot yacht "Avalon" grounded and sank in Hood Canal, WA. The vessel had an estimated 300 to 500 gallons of diesel fuel on board.
On September 11, 2014, a fire at a chemical manufacturing facility in Bridgeport, CT, resulted in contaminated firefighting waters flowing into the Pequonnock River and into Long Island Sound. The SSC was notified by the USCG Sector Long Island Sound and requested to provide modeling for the air plume and water.
On September 11, 2014, the USCG Sector New Orleans contacted the Gulf SSC regarding a 30 bbl spill of crude oil from a production facility in Lake Salvador, LA. The release has been secured but not contained. Spill response personnel are in route and an overflight is being scheduled. USCG has requested initial trajectory.
On September 5, 2014 at 0935 CDT, Sector NOLA notified the NOAA SSC of a chlorine gas release in the vicinity of Lower Mississippi River Mile Marker #210. NOAA provided Sector NOLA with information from CAMEO, advice about safety distances, weather forecasts and modeling support.
On September 2, 2014, USCG Sector Puget Sound notified NOAA ERD of an estimated 1000 gallon sheen of mixed diesel/hydraulic/motor oil in Salmon Bay of Ballard (Seattle), WA. An OSRO is on-scene and has the sheen partially boomed.
On August 29, 2014, a 29 foot recreational boat caught fire and sank in 100 feet of water approximately 3/4 of a mile south of the Watch Hill Lighthouse, Connecticut. 5 persons on board were rescued by a passing vessel. The vessel was carrying a maximum of 200 gallons of gasoline, much of which was suspected to have been consumed by the fire.
On August 27, 2014, the USCG Sector New Orleans contacted the NOAA SSC about an oil spill in Garden Island Bay, in the southeast end of the Mississippi River Delta. The oil spill was caused by a rupture in a 3 inch flowline directly below the associated wellhead’s shut off valves. The well was abandoned but the flowline contained residual oils. The USCG requested a Resources at Risk Report from NOAA.
On August 24, 2014, Sector Mobile notified NOAA that a shrimp vessel containing a potential of 10,000 gallons of #2 Diesel and 200 gal of lube oil was sinking and requested a trajectory.
On 13-August-2014, the 480' chemical tanker M/V PINE GALAXY carrying propylene tetramer reported an engine room fire while approximately 700NM WNW of Cape Mendocino, CA. The fire disabled the vessel but no oils or chemicals were released. The M/V PINE GALAXY was taken under tow for inspection and repairs in San Francisco Bay. The USCG requested weather forecast info in support of the towing operations and for the at-sea boarding planned by USCG personnel prior to entering the Golden Gate.
On August 19, 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified of a release of #2 fuel oil into the Ohio River that had occurred at approximately midnight the prior evening. USCG Sector Ohio Valley requested oil transport and fate analysis. Corresponds to NRC Notification #1092727
On August 18, 2014 NOAA ERD was contacted by the Fulton County Emergency Services Disaster Agency for support for a natural gas release in Canton, IL. ESDA requested air plume models for a ruptured underground 10 inch pipeline. The volume, rate of flow and pipeline pressure were unknown at the time of notification. The SSC is providing support to the Director of ESDA as needed.
On August 14, 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Savannah, Georgia, that a passing vessel had observed a mystery sheen of unknown origin or type about 100 miles offshore. The USCG requested any available remote sensing imagery and photo interpretation. The material was later identified as an algal bloom and not oil.