Cymric Incident Update 10/1/19

Cymric oil spill logosExcavators worked today to remove oiled sediment surrounding a surface expression that previously discharged oil and water into a dry streambed in Kern County.
Much of the site has now been cleaned, and OSPR scientists are conducting ongoing assessments to develop final cleanup endpoints.
The scientists are also continuing regular drone flights to provide detailed environmental analysis of the site.

Cymric Incident Update 9/25/19

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Biological monitors remain onsite as cleanup continues. The monitors observed an oiled barn owl in the expression yesterday, which was recovered and did not survive. Previously, two other barn owls (9/16) and a lesser nighthawk (8/14) had been collected oiled and did not survive.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network remains engaged in the response and methods to deter wildlife from the area will continue.

Cymric Incident Update 9/20/19

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Excavators moved in today to begin cleaning up the final section of the Kern County dry creek bed impacted by a surface expression of oil and water. Cleanup in the section had been suspended since last month while engineers tested wells in the vicinity to determine the cause of the incident. Well testing will continue, but at a minimum of 600 feet from the excavation site.

Biological monitors will be onsite full time during active remediation operations. Wildlife hazing measures to deter wildlife from the area continue. The hazing program is modified weekly to optimize effectiveness and to avoid habituation by wildlife in the area. To date, two barn owls and a lesser nighthawk, have been discovered oiled. All were recovered and treated by veterinarians but none survived.

OSPR is also continuing weekly drone flights to survey inaccessible areas and generate detailed mapping data for the ongoing response.

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Cymric Incident Update 9/14/19

Cymric oil spill logosCrews continue to monitor the site of a surface expression of oil and water in Kern County, while engineers continue testing wells in the vicinity to determine the cause of the flow.
At this time, cleanup efforts in one section of the site are limited pending completion of the diagnostic work. In the meantime, solids and liquids continue to be handled for disposal.
Biological monitors continue to observe the site twice daily. Wildlife hazing measures to deter wildlife from the area (including propane cannons) continue, and are adjusted to optimize effectiveness and to avoid habituation by wildlife in the area. Staff from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network are also on-site supporting operations. To date, one bird, a lesser nighthawk, was discovered oiled and did not survive.
OSPR is also conducting weekly drone flights to survey inaccessible areas and generate detailed mapping data for the ongoing response.
These photos from Sept. 11 show cleanup progress at the site.

Cymric Incident Update 8/31/19

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Diagnostic work continues on wells in vicinity of a surface expression of oil and water in Kern County, in search of the cause of the expression.
At this time, cleanup efforts in one section of the site are limited pending completion of the diagnostic work. In the meantime, solid and liquids continue to be taken to disposal for handling.
OSPR scientists are continuing daily operations to deter wildlife from the site. To date, one bird, a lesser nighthawk was discovered oiled and did not survive.
These photos from last week show cleanup progress at the site. The first one is a drone composite map of more than 800 individual photos, taken 200 feet above. The second photo shows the yet to be cleaned section, and the site of an expression.