Oil Spill | Kodiak, Alaska | March 15-16 2019
On March 15-16, 2019, an oil spill occurred due to a leak in a fuel line to a refrigeration unit at an American President Lines LTD (APL) yard in Kodiak, Alaska.
An estimated 1,369-gallons of oil from the leaking diesel tank entered the Lake Louise Tributary, the Buskin River, and St. Paul Harbor. The impacted area includes migratory fish habitat, and riverine, estuarine, and marine habitats, the Buskin River State Recreation Site, and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
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In the early 1860’s, substantial outcroppings of phosphate rock were discovered in Charleston, SC, along the banks of the Ashley River and other areas of coastal South Carolina.
At that time, the environmental impacts of commercial fertilizers and superphosphates were largely unknown.
Due to the development of production processes and increased demand for superior fertilizers, by 1884 the phosphate fertilizer industry was arguably the largest and most important industry in South Carolina.
The Atlantic Wood Industries Superfund Site consists of approximately 50 acres of land on the industrialized waterfront in Portsmouth, Virginia and over 30 acres of contaminated sediments in the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River.
From 1926 to 1992, a wood-treating facility at the Atlantic Wood Industries site released both creosote and pentachlorophenol from treatment operations, storage of treated wood, and disposal of waste.
In September of 2004, Taylor Energy’s MC20 oil production platform collapsed and sank in a mudslide during or after Hurricane Ivan. Parts of the platform and piping were buried under the sediments.
The platform was located in the Gulf of Mexico, thirteen miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River. More than a decade later, crude oil continues to discharge from the well site and surface on the Gulf waters.
On April 19, 2017 an out of service tugboat, the Tug Powhatan, owned by Samson Tug & Barge, sank for unknown reasons from its dock in Starrigavan Bay near Sitka, Alaska. After sinking, the tug slid downslope and came to rest approximately 320 yards offshore in 160-180 feet of water.
In Orange County, Texas, parts of the Sabine Lake/Neeches River Estuary were contaminated by industrial and municipal waste disposal, including sludge from local petrochemical industries, starting in the 1960s. Industrial waste disposal was discontinued in the late 1960s, but municipal and construction wastes were accepted until about 1971. In 1986, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added the site to the National Priorities List, based on the release or threatened release of hazardous substances, making it a priority site for investigation and potential clean-up the Superfund law.
On May 11, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a crude oil spill discharged from a Shell Offshore, Inc. wellhead flow line in the Green Canyon Block 248 subsea oil production system. This system is located approximately 97 miles off south of Timbalier Island, Louisiana. The oil leaked from a piping system used to transport oil from a production well on the seafloor. Shell reported to DOI’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement that the incident resulted in an estimated discharge of 1,926 barrels of oil, or 80,892 gallons, into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.