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On 6 February 2019, USCG Sector North Carolina notified the NOAA SSC about a fishing vessel that grounded off of Frisco, North Carolina (Outer Banks) on 5 February. Vessel had approximately 800 gallons of petroleum products on board. The vessel was a complete loss. USCG requested information about potential resources at risk and marine debris clean-up methods.
February 05, 2019 - At 1115 PST NOAA ERD was contacted by USCG Sector Columbia River responding to a mystery sheen reported at Cape Lookout State Park, Oregon. Emulsified product was observed in the surf zone and on the beach. No products are being requested at this time.
On February 3, 2019, Sector Houston-Galveston IMD responded as first Federal on-scene to a reported discharge (NRC#1236649) of 64,000 gallons of jet fuel (JP-8) into the containment area of a fuel storage area at Hobby Airport. Houston Fire Department also responded. Incident occurred within EPA response zone, but a reported 10-30 gallons was discharged into a storm drain system which leads to Sims Bayou, a feeder stream to the Houston Ship Channel. Storm drain outfalls were boomed, and storm drains were flushed by the OSRO. On-scene teams noted sheen on water, no fish kills or other injured wildlife were observed. Sector Houston-Galveston IMD issued a Notice of Federal Interest (NOFI) regarding the product in the water. NOAA SSC was contacted, and provided phone support regarding environmental sensitivities for Sims Bayou. Sector Houston-Galveston is working with the OSRO to determine final amount of product discharged to the waterway.
February 02, 2019, 1015 PST - NOAA ERD was contacted by USCG Sector Puget Sound responding to Bunker C leaching into North Lake Union as a result of a burst water main and subsequent flushing of previously contaminated soil. The source (water leak) is secured and initial estimates of total volume of Bunker C entering the lake was said to be around 20-30 gallons. No products are requested.
On January 23, 2019, the USCG District 11 notified OR&R of reported mystery tarballs at two locations on the Point Reyes National Seashore that washed up following a storm.
On January 17, 2019, the USCG Sector New Orleans called the NOAA SSC regarding a barge that ran aground on the left descending bank in the Mississippi river. The barge was carrying 10,000 lbs of Dichloromethane at the time of accident. There has been no sign of discharge.
On January 16, 2019, the USCG Sector New Orleans Incident Management Division (IMD) was notified that an estimated 50 gallons of crude oil was discharged near the Pass A Loutre Wildlife Management Area, in Plaquemines Parish, LA. The discharge was reportedly from a facility owned and operated by Whitney Oil & Gas, LLC. The USCG contacted the NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator (SSC) to request satellite imagery of the discharge location to confirm sheen size and trajectory, and NOAA Satellite Analysts reported no satellite imagery was available in the discharge location. An overflight is scheduled to be conducted over the incident location in the morning to confirm sheen sighting and plan recovery product.
On January 6, 2019, the USCG Sector New Orleans Incident Management Division (IMD) was notified that 6 barrels of crude oil was discharged from the CF-6 facility in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. The facility is owned and operated by Hilcorp. The discharge occurred due to fuel freezing, caused by an equipment failure of the dehydration system, which is now repaired.
On Friday January 4th, 2019 the F/V A. E. CLIFFORD was taking on water at the Hughitt Slip Pier in Superior, WI. Superior Fire Department arrived on-scene, verified there were no persons on board, and began attempting to de-water the vessel. MSU Duluth's Duty Prevention Officer and pollution responder arrived on-scene, reported no visible signs of pollution in the water, however the smell of diesel and oil was present on the vessel. Potential of 200 gallons.
On December 18, 2018 Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC about a diesel discharge resulting from a vessel allision at MM125 on the Lower Mississippi River, right descending bank. Sheening reported, amount of discharge unknown at time of notification. Damaged tank has been lightered, with no sheen observed following lightering. Sector New Orleans is sending a pollution response team for on-site evaluation. No products requested.
On December 17, 2018, at approximately 0330 CT, a barge discharged a reported 120 gallons (~3 bbls) of vaccum gas oil onto the deck of the barge due to a tank overflow. An estimated 15-25 gallons was discharged to the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, in Corpus Christi’s Inner Harbor. Sector Corpus Christi has requested assistance from NOAA SSC regarding clean-up methods for the barge deck. Proposed methods include potential addition of diesel to improve flowability of product, and potential use of Surface Washing Agents. Both measures are for deck only, with no intended discharge to surface waters. Phone support provided, no on-scene requests.
Ob December 13, 2018, the NOAA SSC was contacted by Canadian Coast Guard regarding the sinking of the FV Atlantic Sapphire near the US/Canada border in heavy seas. The crew was rescued and the vessel sank with 8000 liters (2113 gallons) of diesel fuel. The sinking is almost 150 miles from the US coast and over 100 miles from the Canadian coast. Canadian Coast Guard to overfly the region.
The afternoon of December 12 at about 1500 HST, a DOD-contracted aircraft crashed approximately two miles off the reef runway on the south shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The aircraft was reported to be carrying 900 gallons of fuel. An assessment of whether fuel or aircraft debris could impact shorelines was requested.
On 9-Dec-2018, FV Nordic Viking, a tender/processor, sank at the T Dock in Seward Harbor. The vessel is reported to be 76'. The vessel owner indicated that there was about 700 gallons of marine diesel on board the vessel (capacity 2,000 gallons). Absorbent boom was placed at the dock. Before booming a rainbow sheen ~60' by 1500' was observed. The sheen reportedly had black oil as well. NOAA SSC is consulting with the ADEC.
On December 9, 2018, the USCG Sector New Orleans contacted the NOAA SSC regarding an equipment failure on a wellhead casing in Lake Washington/Rattlesnake Bayou. The discharge amount is estimated to be ~129bbls of crude/water/gas per day. The source was not reported as secured. USCG is requesting a trajectory and potential resources at risk.
At 0700 on 8 December 2018, USCG Sector Delaware Bay notified the NOAA SSC that a fishing vessel sank in the Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey. The vessel had 800 gallons of diesel fuel on board. USCG requested SSC to go on-scene to support response. No products requested at this time.
On December 5, 2018, the JEANETTE, a 228' commercial fishing vessel, caught fire in Pago Pago harbor and was towed out of the harbor for safety reasons. On December 6, 2018, the vessel sank at 1139 Hawaii Time approximately 17 NM southeast of Pago Pago, American Samoa. It was reported to be carrying as much as 90,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 300 gallons of gasoline. A trajectory forecast was requested.
On December 3, 2018, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC that 6.25 bbs of crude oil discharged from a TPIC facility near Salvador Wildlife Management Area. USCG requested trajectory and Resources at Risk.
On December 2, 2018, the work barge "Dredge 200" while under tow in rough weather capsized and began to sink 5 miles east of the entrance to Boston Harbor. USCG Sector Boston contacted the NOAA SSC for support on the diesel and lube oil fates..
On December 1, 2018, the USCG notified NOAA SSC of a release of synthetic oil based mud to the seafloor. Drilling Rig Pacific Sharav made an emergency disconnect from the well head (6,800ft depth) due to rough seas and 90kt winds. Approximately 2282bbl of mud was released from the bottom of the riser. The drill ship later hooked back into the well without further incident. No sheen or evidence of product at the surface has been reported.