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Field Investigation of the Astoria Pier Discharge

FEBRUARY 9, 2018 — On January 30, OR&R’s Emergency Response Division employees Gary Shigenaka and Matt Bissell conducted a field investigation of the Astoria Pier discharge in Astoria, Oregon.

View of a pier from the shore.
Astoria Pier. Image credit: NOAA.

The source of the spill was a fuel tank left over from an old cannery operation on a now dilapidated pier. The tank was removed from the environment and placed on a barge just hours before the NOAA team arrived. An estimated total of 1,050 gallons were discharged into the Columbia River and cleanup efforts are expected to continue for several months. The objective of OR&R’s Emergency Response Division's visit was to assess the extent of oiling and to offer scientific support in determining best cleanup strategies and equitable cleanup goals (end points). 

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A large damaged tank, surrounded by boom.
The fuel tank that was the source of the spill. Image credit: NOAA.