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#2 Oil Release, Ohio River near Blairsville, OH

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:00
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

Natural gas release, Canton, IL

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:00
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.

Mystery spill report, Offshore Savannah, Ga

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:00
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.

MV Flag Gangos, Gretna, LA

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:00
On August 12, 2014, at 10:25 PM, the MV Flag Gangos collided with MV Pamisos at the dock of the International Matex Terminal, breaking some hoses on the dock and a barge. The Facility is near Mississippi River Mile Marker 97.2. On August 13, at 1:10, Coast Guard notified the NOAA SSC that the collision had resulted in a discharge of approximately 20 barrels of #6 fuel oil into the River. (NRC#1092114). The USCG requested an oil trajectory to support response operations

Kinder Morgan Sodium Hydroxide Release, Norfolk, VA

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:00
On August 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Road notified the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration about an above ground storage tank failure at the Kinder Morgan Energy Terminal in Norfolk, Virginia. A tank containing approximately 900,000 gallons of 50% solution sodium hydroxide had partially ruptured resulting in the release of approximately 200,000 gallons into a bermed, contained area. USCG has requested information on reactivity if the tank collapses and product comes in direct contact with adjacent storage tanks and pipelines or if it reaches the nearby waterway.

Barge Grounding, near Ono Island, Florida

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:00
On August 7, 2014, Sector Mobile notified NOAA SSC that a barge carrying 1,500 tons of Adiponitrile was grounded and requested a trajectory. No chemical has been released, and plans are to lighter the barge and refloat it. Weather, tides, trajectory and toxicity information was provided.

Hurricane Iselle, Hawaii

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:00
On August 6, 2014, NOAA ERD opened a hotline report to capture general information regarding any pollution incidents and response activities in the Hawaii from the passage of Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio through the Hawaiian Islands.

Dolly Parton Bridge Diesel Spill, Mobile, AL

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:00
On August 5, 2014, at 10:30 pm, Sector Mobile notified the NOAA SSC of potential 200 gallon diesel spill into the Mobile River due to an accident on the Dolly Parton Bridge (I-65). NRC report#1091408. CG requested assistance determining potential location of sheen to guide morning overflight. SSC provided fate data and estimate of transit time in river.

Boat Fire, NW Neah Bay, WA

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 17:00
On August 3, 2014, the NOAA ERD Duty Officer was notified by the USCG Sector Seattle of a boat fire approximately 4nm NW of Neah Bay, WA. One person was rescued from the burning vessel which then exploded and burned to the waterline. The vessel broke apart and sank at last known location, no sited debris field. Vessel was a 34 foot cabin cruiser. USCG expects all fuels were consumed in the fire.

Hydraulic Fluid Spill, Ballard, WA

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:00
At approximately 1430 PT on August 1, 2014, the NOAA SSC was contacted by USCG Sector Seattle about a 50 gallon hydraulic oil spill off a vessel in Ballard (Seattle), WA. It is undetermined how much oil was released to the water, however one oiled seagull has been captured. USCG and WA Dept of Ecology are responding.

I-10 Causeway Mobile Bay Rollover, Mobile, AL

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:00
On 31 July, 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified by USEPA On Scene Coordinator (FOSC) of a tanker rollover and fire on the I-10 entrance ramp along the Causeway in Mobile, AL. The tanker was carrying 2,000 gallons of diesel and 5,700 gallons of gasoline. The majority of the fuel was consumed during the fire, but runoff from the accident did enter Mobile Bay (COTP Zone) through a storm drain. The NOAA SSC has provided fate and effect information on spill to the FOSC

F/V TAKE MARU grounded, Cocos Island, Guam

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:00
On July 30, 2014, the USCG Sector Guam notified the Oceania SSC that a 45-foot Japanese fishing vessel grounded on coral reef off Cocos Island, Guam at 0800 local time on July 30. The quantity of diesel aboard is unclear, however no sheens were observed in the area at the time of the report. The exact location of the grounding remains uncertain. Access to the area has been limited by severe weather conditions.

Mystery Sheen NW Gulf of Mexico, 130 miles SE of Galveston Texas

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 17:00
On July 28, 2014, the USCG Port Arthur Texas contacted NOAA ERD regarding a suspected oil observation reported in a NESDIS Satellite Marine Pollution Surveillance Report issued at 18:36. The NESDIS report indicated a potential oil sheen 11 by 1 miles in size located 130 miles SE of Galveston (28 20 12 N, 093 03 11 W). USCG requested trajectory prediction to locate where to send air reconnaissance in the morning.

HCL Release, Freeport, TX

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:00
On July 24, 2014, the USCG MSU Texas City contacted the NOAA SSC about a hydrochloric acid release at the DOW Chemical facility in Freeport, Texas. A tank barge loaded with 1500 metric tons of a 27% HCL solution was leaking from a crack near the top of the tank. The USCG requested fate and effects support to ensure safety of public and responders.

Tug Walter D. Johnson, Gulf of Mexico, 17 nmi west of Hernando Bch.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:00
On July 17, 2014, the USCG Sector St. Petersburg, FL, contacted the NOAA Emergency Response Division to report the sunken tug Walter D. Johnson off the west coast of Florida. USCG has requested a fate and trajectory for a potential 1500 gal of marine diesel.

Offshore Mystery Sheen, Cape Lookout, NC

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 17:00
On 15 July 2014 a private individual (fisherman) filed an National Response Center report after observing an oil approximately 48 miles offshore of Cape Lookout, NC. On July 17, 2014, a USCG C-130 aircraft flew over the site and confirmed the presence of a sheen in the same vicinity as that reported by the private individual. Based on the location and the temporal and geographical persistence of the sheens, the oil is likely from a sunken wreck. The USCG contacted the NOAA SSC to review historical information in NOAA databases on the many WWII era wrecks in the area.

Small boat off Oregon Tsunami Debris, 20 nm NW of Brookings, Or

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:00
On July 12th, 2014, a partially submerged 15 ft boat was reported off the Southern Oregon Coast about 20 nm NW of Brookings, Oregon. It is believed to be from the Japan tsunami.

Helicopter crash, Kingston, WA

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 17:00
On July 12, 2014, the USCG Sector Puget Sound alerted the NOAA SSC of a helicopter crash into Puget Sound just north of Kingston, WA. The helicopter had 30 gallons of aviation fuel on board, however, it is not known if there was any released.

Boston Ship Repair, Boston, MA

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:00
On July 9, 2014, approximately 11,300 gallons of diesel was spilled from the USNS FISHER, dry docked at the Boston Ship Repair facility. The spill was contained within the dry dock and no product has or is anticipated to reach the waterway.

Yacht sinking, Anacortes, WA

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 17:00
On July 7, 2014, the USCG Sector Puget Sound notified the Northwest SSC that a 60-foot yacht was on fire and sinking at the Anacortes Marina. The vessel is reported to have approximately 700 gallons of diesel aboard. Responders are on-scene and booming the vessel.