SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to respond to reports of two oil sheens on the water in the vicinity of the Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery and northern San Pablo Bay Wednesday.
At approximately 7:40 a.m., the Coast Guard launched a helicopter crew from Air Station San Francisco to conduct a first light overflight of the area. The aircrew identified a sheen just over a mile long by 40 yards wide on the water in the northern San Pablo Bay area. Coast Guard and California Office of Spill Prevention and Response pollution investigators are aboard a small boat taking samples to assist in determining the source.
A second sheen was identified during the Coast Guard overflight near Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery Marine Terminal. Several vessels and skimmers are on scene conducting containment and cleanup operations and 1,000-feet of boom has been placed on the water surrounding the refinery. No oiled wildlife has been observed at this time.
The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened for $25,000.
Coast Guard pollution investigators have not determined the source of either sheen.
An urgent marine information broadcast is being issued to local mariners. Please contact the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center at (415) -399-7300 to report any oil sheen or other pollution.
For additional information regarding the sheen reported Tuesday evening in northern San Pablo Bay, please visit the Coast Guard press release at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2885466/.
11th Coast Guard District
Contact: District 11 Public Affairs
Office: (510) 437-3808