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Possible Sheen Report off San Diego, CA

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 17:00
On May 20, 2022, the USCG Sector San Diego contacted their NOAA SSC about a possible sheen report based on a satellite image taken offshore of Mission Bay. The USCG requested any satellite-related input that might be pertinent to the case

Marine Diesel Discharge from Tug Vessel, Lemont, IL

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 17:00
At 2204 (eastern time), the NOAA Great Lakes received notification of Tug vessel Eileene C discharged 6,000-7,000 gallons of marine diesel while docked at IL Marine Towing, Lemonte, IL. The facility immediately deployed boom and the release was contained within the 100yrd/20yrd slip. Vac trucks and drum skimmers were used to recover product. The incident occurred at 1630 (central time) on May 12th. USCG requesting information on human health exposure.

Sperm Whale Carcass: Drift Analysis, Key West, FL

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 17:00
On May 12, 2022, the Florida SSC was contacted by NMFS marine mammal disaster response coordinator to request a trajectory for a sperm whale carcass that had been necropsied following a beaching and then towed offshore. NMFS is tracking the carcass in an effort to improve marine mammal drift analysis and also coordinating with NESDIS to discover and track whale carcasses from satellite imagery.

Spill of Ethylhexyl Nitrate (Diesel Additive), Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes, WA

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 17:00
On May 10, a tote carrying ethylhexyl nitrate (a diesel additive) was punctured by a forklift and spilled 130 gallons of the product on the ground and about 20-25 gallons into the water at the Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes WA. USCG and WA ECY were on-scene for containment and cleanup. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound notified NOAA NW Regional Response officer for incident awareness, no products or support requested at this time.

Discharge into Marsh from Aboveground Pipeline, Hackberry, LA

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 17:00
On May 9, 2022, Texas Petroleum Investment Company (TPIC) observed a discharge from an aboveground pipeline in a marsh near Hackberry, Louisiana. Approximately 2 barrels of crude oil is estimated to have discharged - some has migrated to Black Lake, and some remains in the marsh vegetation. OSROs are on-scene with containment boom and skimmers. On May 10, MSU Lake Charles contacted NOAA SSC for support in preparing an in-situ burn (ISB) request to submit to RRT-6.

Disabled Yacht with 7 People Aboard, 45 Miles NW of Grays Harbor, WA

Sat, 05/07/2022 - 17:00
On 8-MAY-2022 at 1520L, the USCG SPS contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a 140’ yacht DOMANI that had a fire on 7-MAY and has taken on water off the outer coast of Washington within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. There is potential for 6,600 gallons diesel and 1,200 liters oil on board the vessel. There is no reported release of products. The USCG Cutter Active is providing dewatering support and towing the vessel to Neah Bay, WA for damage assessment.

Weathered Tarballs in Southern California, Santa Monica Bay to Dana Point, CA

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 17:00
A broad and prolonged period of tarballing (since early March) along the shores of Santa Monica Bay south to Dana Point has prompted many public reports and numerous sampling events to determine possible sources. Most tarballs were described as moderately to heavily weathered and analysis indicates they are chemically consistent with natural seep oil. Many natural seeps are well known to be active in areas of Santa Barbara Channel to Santa Monica Bay. Given the broad geographic spread of tarballs and the heightened public awareness of shoreline oiling from recent spills, CAL OSPR contacted the NOAA SSC around mid-day on 07-MAY-2022 to request trajectory-related information for some public outreach materials.

USCG Vessel Strikes Buoy, Resulting in Release of Marine Diesel, Saginaw Bay, MI

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 17:00
GL SSC received notification at 0100 (eastern) on May 6th, that the USCG vessel 45703 struck buoy #6 causing a breach in the hull and fuel tanks. Estimated release is 400 gallons of marine diesel. CG requested fate and persistence.

Discharge of Natural Gas, Crude Oil, and Salt Water from Well in Cameron Parish, LA

Wed, 05/04/2022 - 17:00
On May 5, 2022, The Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office (LOSCO) notifed the NOAA SSC about a discharge of unknown amounts of natural gas, crude oil, and saltwater from a well in Cameron Parish, LA. NOTIFICATION ONLY. No products requested at this time.

Oil Discharge in Tabbs Bay, Baytown, TX

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 17:00
On April 30, 2022, a mystery oil sheen was reported in Tabbs Bay, Texas near Goose Creek. The discharge is believed to be crude oil from a pipeline or well. On May 3, the USCG Sector Houston contacted the NOAA SSC for assistance with consultation procedures. Phone support was provided. A hydrologic survey to identify the source has been conducted. An OSRO will be on site on May 5 to deploy containment and boom.

Mystery Sheen, Mississippi Canyon Block 245, Gulf of Mexico

Sun, 05/01/2022 - 17:00
On 2 May 2022, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Houma personnel notified NOAA SSC of a mystery sheen for NRC Report # 1334935 in the Gulf of Mexico, which is 28.5 NM Southeast of South Pass, LA. The mystery sheen currently has an unknown source near BOEM lease block 245. The spill quantity is estimated to be 47 barrels of oil with a sheen length of 31 miles and a width of 1 mile. There is an unknown responsible party. The NOAA SSC has requested USCG to confirm coordinates with the reporting party, BOEM. MSU Houma has requested a forecast trajectory.

Release of Degreaser into Salmon Bay Ship Canal, Seattle, WA

Sun, 04/24/2022 - 17:00
ON April 25, 2022, the USCG Pollution Response Team contacted NOAA SSC regarding a release of 50 gallons of International 950-degreaser material into the Salmon Bay Ship canal. The material has since completely dissipated, but the Pollution Response Team has concerns about potential long-term effects to aquatic life in the area.

45-Foot Fishing Vessel Sinking, Charleston, SC

Sat, 04/23/2022 - 17:00
On April 24, 2022, the USCG Sector Charleston notified the NOAA SSC that a 45-foot fishing vessel with 300 gallons of diesel fuel onboard, sank 20 miles southeast of Charleston, SC. The Sector requested a trajectory.

Leak of Heating Fuel from Storage Tank into Secondary Containment, Savoonga, AK

Wed, 04/20/2022 - 17:00
On 21-Apr-2022, Bering Straits School District reported 13,500 gallons of heating fuel leaked from a storage tank into secondary containment. Secondary containment is covered with snow and ice. Conference call scheduled.

Release of Liquid Ammonium Polyphosphate (Fertilizer) into Point Comfort Bay, TX

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 17:00
On April 19, 2022, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC regarding a release of approximately 16,800 gallons of liquid ammonium polyphosphate (fertilizer) into Point Comfort Bay. The SSC provided information on potential responder hazards, recovery options, and chemical fate and effects. The SSC coordinated with both NWS Corpus Christi, who provided SPOT forecasts for responders, and NWS Houston-Galveston, who share forecast responsibilities for the response area.

Fire at Commercial Fueling Facility, Petroleum Product Flow into Storm Drain, Medford, OR

Wed, 04/13/2022 - 17:00
On 14-APR-2022, the NOAA SSC was notified by the EPA of a response to a fire at a NextGen commercial fueling facility in Medford, OR. The fire began about 2100L on 12-APR, several thousand gallons of petroleum caught fire, and petroleum products flowed into the storm drains to Bear Creek which leads to the Rouge River. The quantity of petroleum product released in the fire is unknown at this time, the maximum potential is approx. 42k gallons stored on site. An ESA Section 7 consultation and phone support were requested.

50-foot Vessel Sunk in Hawkes Marina, Everett, WA

Tue, 04/12/2022 - 17:00
On 13-APR-2022, the USCG contacted the NW SSC to report that a 50’ vessel sank in Hawkes Marina, Everett, WA. There is an estimated 80 gallons of diesel on board, with a maximum potential of 400 gallons. The vessel is leaking and creating a visible sheen. The case has been federalized and Global Diving is hired. A localized trajectory and resources at risk were requested.

Sandpoint Texas LLC Marsh Discharge; High Island, TX

Mon, 04/11/2022 - 17:00
On April 8, 2022, a well owned by Sandpoint Texas LLC experienced an equipment failure, discharging an estimated 8 gallons of sweet crude into a bermed marsh area near High Island. The discharge was reported by the RP on April 11, 2022, and is at the same site but not the same well as the discharge which occurred on April 1, 2022. On April 12, MSU Port Arthur contacted the Texas SSC to request input on marsh clean-up methods.

Petroleum Coke (“Pet Coke”) Fire at Shoreside Facility, Benicia, CA

Fri, 04/08/2022 - 17:00
At 1520 hrs on 09-APR-022, the USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC regarding an apparent petroleum coke (“pet coke”) fire at a shoreside facility in Benicia, CA. The fire had reportedly started around 1330 hrs local and was potentially threatening a nearby industrial pier where three large vessels were moored (tank ship, car carrier, and bulk cargo carrier). Local fire department was engaged with the fire on-scene while Sector SF was in transit for improved situational information. As a precaution, Sector SF requested a spot forecast and smoke plume model to better understand potential air hazards to responders and downwind populations.

Container Ship Drifting in Heavy Weather off Point Reyes, CA

Thu, 04/07/2022 - 17:00
At 1900 hrs on 08-APR-2022, USCG District 11 staff alerted their NOAA SSC of a drifting 560’ (172 m) container ship roughly 8 miles off Point Reyes. She was experiencing engine troubles and the anchor was dragging under heavy weather conditions from the NW. Three tugs are en route and a second anchor was deployed, which slowed drift to <1 knot. Even so, she continues to drift towards the Point Reyes National Seashore and is reportedly carrying roughly 39,000 gallons of fuel.