Updated: 2 days 14 hours ago
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.
On May 14, 2015, the M/V Aubi, a powered catamaran, ran aground in the vicinity of Punta Tuna, Aercibo, Puerto Rico. The aluminum vessel is reported to contain 800 gallons of diesel fuel. A towing company has been hired for salvage operations. The vessel is hard aground and there are coral in the area. Coral damage has been reported due to the grounding.
On May 10, 2015, NOAA was notified by the USCG Sector New York that after a fire and explosion at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan, NY (along the eastern shore of the Hudson River) approximately 17,000 gallons of transformer oil had been released into a diked area. Initially no oil was reported in the Hudson River, but later a sheen was observed and the USCG requested trajectory support.
On May 8, 2015, the USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to request trajectory support for a possible oil spill along the Port of Oakland shoreline observed by a local news helicopter. The news helicopter reported (and photographed) a dark streak of material trailing from the container ship M/V RIO DE JANIERO EXPRESS.
On May 6, 2015, the USCG Sector Puget Sound notified NOAA of an overturned skiff near La Push, Wa. The vessel was heavily encrusted with marine growth and potentially from the Japan tsunami. The NOAA Marine Debris Program was notified.
On 6 May 2015, the USCG MSU Morgan City contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a minor release (11 gallons) of crude oil from a platform located approximately 7 miles south of Isles Dernieres Barrier Islands Refuge. USCG is requesting information on fate and trajectory.
On May 5, 2015, the USCG contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a container on fire aboard the vessel M/V ADAM ASNYK. The container was loaded with formamidine sulfinic acid. The vessel crew extinguished the fire and the USCG requested assistance in hazard assessment for the damaged container and residues before the vessel's next port of call.
On May 3, 2015 the Coast Guard notified NOAA of the sinking of the F/V Sea Beast in the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary, with a potential of 500 gallons of diesel on board.
On May 3, 2015, a 1500 ft by 200 ft mystery sheen was reported to the CG. The sheen was in the middle of Eastern Long Island Sound and about 2 nm from the closest land. USCG requested a trajectory analysis.
On April 27, 2015, the USCG notified NOAA of an abandoned hull floating off the Oregon Coast. The vessel is approximately 18ft long and has heavy marine growth. It is suspected to be Japan tsunami marine debris.
On April 22, 2015, the M/V MISSISSAGI ran aground in the lower St. Mary’s River. USCG Sector Sault Sainte Marie requested trajectory, fate, and effects for the potential release of the 55 metric tons of Marine Diesel and 185 metric tons of Heavy Fuel Oil onboard.
On April 21, 2015, the NOAA SSC was notified by the USCG Sector Houston regarding a mystery spill in Cedar Bayou east of Baytown, Texas. The incident occurred on or around evening of 18 April 2015. Initial estimates of the spill are 20-40 bbls. Product spilled is unknown. The USCG is seeking assistance in spilled product identification and locating possible source of release.
On April 18, 2015, the USCG Sector Columbia River notified the NOAA SSC that the F/V COSAIR sank today approximately 30 miles off of Grays Harbor, WA. The vessel was reported to have about 2000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. A USCG helicopter overflight reported a light sheen was observed and a trajectory analysis was requested.
On April 17, 2015, the USCG contacted the NOAA SSC for consultation on a pipeline spill in Illinois. An underwater 8” pipeline carrying Low Sulphur Diesel across the Cahokia Canal ruptured with an estimated 1200-3000 gallons of product spilling before being secured. The Cahokia Canal leads to the Mississippi River.
On April 14, 2015, the USCG MSU Texas City contacted the NOAA SSC requesting assessment of potential discharge of an oil condensate pipeline currently under repair. The pipeline currently has a pinhole leak and divers are working to locate and repair the leak.
On April 14, 2015, USCG Sector Puget Sound notified NOAA of a sunken pleasure craft that was completely submerged at its slip in Shipyard Cove Marina, Friday Harbor, Washington. The 36ft Grand Bank pleasure craft "SEAWOLF" is estimated to have approximately 400 gallons of diesel on board and is leaking. The vessel location has been boomed.
On April 13, 2015, the USCG Sector Houston notified the NOAA SSC of an incident involving the release of 1 bbl of HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil) 380 into the Houston Ship Channel during barge transfer operations. Approximately 6 bbls of oil were released to the deck of the vessel and barge during the incident.