Updated: 17 hours 8 min ago
On April 16, 2014, the USCG District 7 notified the NOAA SSC of a pollution incident 0.6NMi east of Government Cut near the port of Miami. The evening of April 15, the Tug Neptune reported that an on-board diesel tank had been punctured and up to 2000 gal of diesel had been discharged into the water.
On April 15, 2014, the USCG MSU Texas City contacted NOAA ERD to report a mobile floating drilling unit was hit by a large wave and was listing to one side. The Blowout Preventer (BOP) is shutting in the well. The MODU is 112 miles SE of Galveston Bay in the Gulf of Mexico in 4000' of water. NOAA ERD has provided on-scene weather forecast and a trajectory in the event of a discharge.
On April 15, 2014, the MSU Paducah (USCG) contacted NOAA ERD regarding 2 oil barges aground on the upper Mississippi River (Mile Marker 83.5) near Grand Tower, Illinois. The barges grounded on April 9, and the barges are not currently leaking, but dropping water levels have increased the stress on the barges, and the USCG is requesting support for this potential incident. Each barge is laden with 15,000 bbls of low API (non-floating) oil.
On April 4, 2014, the USCG New Orleans contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a release of 6 barrels (bbls) of crude oil from a 4 inch transfer line into a marsh approximately 1/4 mile east of the Barataria Bay Waterway. The responsible party has reportedly secured and flushed the line and deployed boom around the spill. Oil spill contractors are deploying to the incident to conduct cleanup operations. USCG has requested trajectory from NOAA ERD.
On April 3, 2014, the USCG New Orleans contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a reported crude oil spill that occurred near Southwest Pass on the Mississippi River Delta. Volume of release estimated to have been 7 to 10 barrels (bbls) with a maximum potential of 37 bbls. Source of the release is unknown. USCG conducted an overflight and observed a 3 nautical mile (NM) by 1 NM sheen, with moderate marsh impact. Sheen described as 50% coverage, 40% silver, 30% dark, 30% dull brown. USCG has requested trajectory.
On March 25, 2014, the USCG District 9 Command Center notified the SSC of a release of oil near the BP Whiting refinery's cooling water outfall in Whiting, IN. The USCG has requested that the SSC identify resources at risk and be on standby as additional information becomes available.
On 24 March, 2014, the USCG Sector Hampton Roads notified the NOAA SSC about a Methyl Ethyl Ketone chemical spill from Honeywell International, Hopewell, Virginia. The release took place on 22 March and the NRC was notified on 24 March. An estimated 7900 pounds of methyl ethyl ketone spilled into the Gravelly Run Creek through a waste water outfall. Cause was reported to be a faulty control discharge valve. USCG requesting Resources at Risk and information on the chemical.
On March 22, 2014, the USCG Sector Houston-Galveston (MSU Texas City) notified the NOAA SSC that the 585 foot bulk carrier 'M/V Summer Wind' collided with an oil tank-barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil. The tank barge was towed by the 'M/V Miss Susan' and owned by Kirby Inland Marine. The collision occurred in Galveston Bay near the Texas City dike on Saturday March 22 at approximately 12:30 p.m. The cargo of the barge, an intermediate fuel oil (RMG-380), has been spilled. The USCG has requested on-scene support from NOAA to provide trajectories, shoreline assessment, common operational picture, overflight, weather, and natural resource information services. The Texas General Land Office and other agencies are responding.
On March 14, 2014, the USCG was notified of a release of approximately 225 gallons of lube oil from the Arcelor Mittal Steel Mill facility on the Sampit River off Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC. The NOAA SSC was notified on March 20, 2014 and requested to assist with consultation issues and cleanup options evaluation.
On March 19, 2014, Sector NOLA contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a leaking pipeline near Southwest Pass, LA., (NRC#1076793), and requested a resources at risk for the area. Currently, there is no product in the water, and what has been released is contained in a bermed area. Specific source has not yet been identified. Initially source was thought to be an abandoned tank, but now appears to be a leaking pipeline. A resources at risk analysis was prepared and provided to Coast Guard.
On March 12, 2014, the USCG Sector North Carolina notified the NOAA SSC that the US Navy vessel USS JASON DUNHAM accidentally discharged approximately 35,000 gallons of #2 diesel fuel. Discharge took place on 11 March at 1800 hours. The discharge occurred approximately 22 miles offshore of Cape Hatteras. USCG Sector North Carolina has requested fate and trajectory from NOAA.
On March 9, 2014, the USCG New Orleans contacted the NOAA SSC about a leaking flowline on an unmanned facility located in West Delta Block 83, between the Lower Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico about 4 miles northeast of the entrance to Southwest Pass, south of Venice, Louisiana. An estimated 15-30 barrels (bbls) of crude oil was discharged. The source was secured at 0645 on 9 MAR by shutting in the flowline. Cleanup operations are ongoing.
On March 5, 2014, USCG Sector Mobile contacted the NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator about the sunken tug UTV Captain JJ, which sank at the dock in Chickasaw Creek, a tributary of the Mobile River. The tug has released about 1,000 gallons of diesel and there is a potential of another 2,000 gallons of diesel onboard. USCG is requesting support for fate and effects of the spilled diesel as well as a trajectory.
On March 3, 2014, the USCG St Petersburg, FL reported that 60 foot pleasure craft (name unknown) had caught fire and sunk off Sanibel Island, FL. The vessel is in 26 feet of water and had 500-700 gallons of diesel onboard. A light sheen around the vessel has been reported. The vessel is about 3 miles south of the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. USCG requested trajectory and fates of a potential diesel spill.
On March 21, 2014, the USCG Marine Safety Unit Texas City contacted the NOAA SSC about a release of approximately 70,000 lbs of phenol into a retention pond. The release occurred because of a failed pipeline. The facility uses this retention pond as an intermediary holding place prior to releasing waste water into the Brazos River. USCG requested toxicity information about phenol, fate and effects, and resources at risk.
On February 23, 2014, the M/V Sealion, a 46 foot recreational vessel, sank three miles off Boca Raton, FL in 600 feet of water. The vessel had 650 gallons of diesel fuel onboard. No observed pollution was reported. The SSC was contacted to provide information relative to trajectory, risks to shoreline and resources as well as oil fate.
On February 22, 2014, USCG Sector New Orleans (NOLA) contacted the NOAA SSC regarding an oil spill on the Lower Mississippi River. At approximately 15:30 Central Time, the Tank Barge E2MS 303 collided with the towboat Lindsay Ann Erickson, which was pushing grain barges and was moving out of the shipping lane and into a fleeting area. The Tank Barge was being pushed by the Towboat Hannah C. Settoon. The collision occurred at mile marker 153.7 on the Lower Mississippi River. The collision resulted in a gash in one tank, which released crude oil into the river. The tank is reported to contain Bakken crude oil. Reports of actual amount of oil discharged are not yet available. USCG requested for trajectories for both the breached tank and the full potential (25,000 barrels) of all tanks.
On On February 21, 2014, the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Texas City, TX, contacted the NOAA SSC about a leaking pipeline on an abandoned platform in High Island Block 98L, about 8 miles off Bolivar Point, TX. During routine operations, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) noticed a sheen and investigated. BSEE personnel landed their helicopter on the abandoned platform to discover 50 psi pressure on the abandoned well. A 1 inch pipeline on the platform is leaking and currently causing a 3-4 mile sheen. USCG contact NOAA to request a trajectory for this incident.
At approximately 10 PM on February 21, 2014 the NOAA SSC received notification from USCG Sector Puget Sound about a vessel fire that occurred in the Shelter Bay Marina in La Connor, Washington, on the Swinomish Channel that began around 5 PMT. Six pleasure craft, ranging from 45 to 62 feet, burned to the waterline. No one was hurt. There was a potential of 600 gallons of diesel or gas on each vessel. Fuel oil was observed leaking but booms were placed out quickly after the fire began and on-scene personnel believe that the fuel discharge is contained.
On February 20 2014, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified NOAA SSC about a Mystery Sheen in Black Bay, in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The sheen is 3.5 miles by 300 yrds with 70 % cover of mostly rainbow sheen. Upon further investigation, a suspected source was identified, but no Responsible Party is taking ownership of the sheen. USCG has requested a hindcast (reverse trajectory) to help determine the source.