Cleanup is now complete at the site of a surface expression of water and oil at the Cymric 1Y Oil Field in Kern County.
The Unified Command overseeing the response agreed on cleanup endpoints proposed by scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR). The site inspections included visual observations and comprehensive drone observations of the dry streambed impacted by the incident.
An estimated 31,903 barrels (1,339,926 gallons) of fluid (oil and water) was recovered from the site since May 10, when the surface expression was first reported.
A Unified Command had been established to enact strategies for cleanup and resource protection at the site. This Command includes representatives from OSPR, the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), Kern County Public Health Department, and Chevron.
Wildlife protection measures continued at the site until all visible oil was removed. Four oiled birds, (three barn owls and a lesser nighthawk) were recovered over the course of the response and did not survive.