Updated: 3 days 18 hours ago
On June 21, 2015, the USCG Marine Safety Unit at Texas City, Texas, notified the NOAA SSC of a suspected crude oil pipeline break on a Bolivar Peninsula beach. The suspected break was discovered by a harbor patrol responding to a separate incident on June 20. A responsible party has not been identified. Amount released and rate of release are unknown at this point. No oil has been observed reaching the water, but surveys of the dune area revealed sheen in water pools among the dunes.
On June 16, 2015, The NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Sector New York of a 700 gallon orange oil spill into a small stream that leads into the Passaic River, near East Hanover, NJ. The incident occurred on June 15. The USCG requested potential fate and effects information on the product.
On June 15, 2015, the fishing vessel "Robert C" sank approximately 1.5 miles off the west side of Martha's Vineyard in about 60 feet of water. The vessel was reportedly carrying 180 gallons of diesel fuel.
On June 10, 2015, the FV Kupreanof, an 80' fishing vessel, sank approximately 45 nautical miles NNW of Cape Spencer (west of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve). The maximum fuel capacity is 7,200 gallons of diesel, with another 100 gallons other oils. USCG Sector Juneau has requested a fates analysis and trajectory for the 7200 gallons of diesel.
On June 10, 2015, the NOAA SSC received report from USCG Sector Houston regarding allision between two Kirby Inland Marine barges in the vicinity of Greens Bayou, Houston Ship Channel. The Kirby Barge 28018 hit the Kirby Barge 28020 while it was tied up. The Kirby Barge 28020 was reported to be leaking petroleum naphtha, a light petroleum product that readily evaporates. The USCG requested Aloha (Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres) analysis.
On June 9, 2015, MSU Port Arthur notified the NOAA SSC of a discharge of 10 gallons of sweet Louisiana crude oil from a loading arm at the Oil Tanking terminal on the Neches River. The USCG requested a trajectory analysis for the spilled oil.
On June 7, 2015, NOAA was notified by USCG a discharge from Texas Petroleum Investment Company's (TPIC) Breton Sound 21 well that occurred on June 6, 2015. The source of the discharge was a leak that developed on the surface casing of a saltwater injection well. Initial sheen was estimated to 37 gallons based on sheen calculations from an overflight that was conducted on 6 June. USCG requested a trajectory and Resources at Risk analysis.
On June 4th, 2015, Sector Ohio Valley notified the NOAA SSC regarding a 40 foot x 2 mile rainbow sheen originating from the M/V Gorham's bilge discharge. The M/V Gorham is moored along the Kentucky side of the Ohio River near Bromley, Kentucky. USCG has requested fate, trajectory, and resources at risk for the potential release of 10,000 gallons of number 6 fuel oil.
On June 3, 2015, MSU Morgan City notified NOAA SSC of rainbow sheen emanating from an unmanned offshore Walter Oil and Gas natural gas production platform. Platform is located approximately 9-10 miles south of the Timbalier Islands. Sheen material is natural gas condensate. The well was shut-in at 0530 on June 3. Quantity released and time of initial release unknown at this point. Trajectory requested
On June 3, 2015, the USCG Sector New York notified the NOAA SSC of a dielectric oil spill from a Con Edison power line. Con Edison is working to find the breach in the line and conduct oil recovery, line repair and soil remediation.
On June 3, 2015, the USCG Sector Anchorage notified the SSC regarding a barge aground near Kongiganek, AK. The barge is not leaking at this time, but USCG requested resources at risk. The barge is reported to be loaded with 50,000 gallons of jet fuel, 17,000 gallons of diesel, 1,000 gallons on unleaded gasoline, and 100 gallons of lube oil.
On May 30th, 2015, the USCG Sector NOLA notified the NOAA SSC regarding a sunken tug at Mile Marker (MM) 163 on the Lower Mississippi River. Potential fuel on board included 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and 125 gallons of lube oil. Amount released is unknown at this time, but facility downriver at MM 161 reported smelling fuel. Trajectory support was requested.
On May 27, 2015, a National Response Center (NRC) report was generated regarding oil observations on Manhattan Beach, CA. Hindcast trajectory has been requested and analysis will begin to determine to if the incident is related to the Refugio Incident, Santa Barbara CA spill.
Beginning around May 27, 2015, the Texas Coastal Bend area has experienced tarball and tarmat stranding events near Corpus Christi, Texas. No source has been identified, and it is uncertain if oil is from an anthropogenic sources or natural seeps. Coast Guard has federalized the response, and is working in conjunction with Texas General Land Office to locate and clean up affected areas.
On May 23, 2015, the USCG notified the Alaska SSC about a spill in Cook Inlet, AK. The landing craft "Thors Hammer" was transiting from Seward to Bristol Bay with a 9000 gallon triple axel tanker on board. The vessel encountered rough seas and the tanker truck broke loose from its lashings and punctured the truck's diesel cargo tanks releasing approximately 4500 gallons of diesel onto the deck and into the water. The USCG requested fate and trajectory analysis for the spilled product.
On May 23,2015, a 37' wooden boat sank just inside the entrance to the Columbia river with 350 gallons of diesel fuel. No spill reported.
On May 19, 2015 the NOAA was notified of a 24-inch pipeline rupture that occurred earlier today near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, CA. An estimated 500 barrels (21,000 gallons) of crude oil was released on the shoreside of Hwy 101 which then flowed into the Pacific Ocean. The source has since been secured. USCG personnel estimated the size of the sheen to be 3.5 NM along the beach and 50-100 yards into the water. Oil Spill Recovery Organizations are on-scene to conduct cleanup operations. California Department of Fish and Wildlife has ordered beach closures. The US Coast Guard has stood up Incident Management Team and is conducting overflights. NOAA has been requested to provide fate and effects of the crude oil and Resources at Risk information.
On Sunday May 17, 2015, NOAA was notified of a collision between the fishing vessel Elizabeth J and the recreational vessel Nina Marie approximately 17 miles south of Patchogue, NY. All persons were rescued by the USCG. It was estimated that the combined total oil on both vessels added up to 730 gallons of diesel fuel. The fishing vessel sank and the recreational vessel was towed back to port.
The M/V Algoma Spirit ran aground in the St. Lawrence River near the Seaway International Bridge, northeast of Massena, NY. The vessel is reported to be carrying 200 Metric Tons of HFO and 60 Metric tons of Diesel. No pollution reported at this time. USCG Sector Buffalo requested trajectory, fate, and resources at risk support as precaution.
On May 15, 2015, the USCG Sector Guam notified the NOAA SSC of a mystery sheen observed in Sasa Bay, Apra Harbor, Guam in the aftermath of Typhoon Dolphin. The sheen is reported to be approximately 30 feet by 300 feet and is blowing into Sasa Bay. The sheen is suspected to be from a 50-foot trawler sunken about 60 feet offshore on the Navy side of Apra Harbor. The vessel reportedly contains 1500 gallons of diesel onboard.