A collision that occurred with the Chevron oil tanker Crux Voyager spilled approximately 4.3 million gallons of oil into the sea approximately 35 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. All personnel on board the vessels have been accounted for.
What caused the collision?
The cause of the collision is under investigation.
Who is handling response to the incident?
A Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Presentation and Response, and Chevron Shipping Company LLC is managing the response to the incident.
What is the status of the oil tanker?
The collision affected two of the Crux Voyage’s four tanks. Two tugboats are standing by and holding the ship in position.
How much oil did the tanker hold?
Approximately 46.2 million gallons.
What kind of equipment has been deployed?
- 197 responders in the field
- 28 vessels on scene
- 4 OSRV (oil spill recovery vessels)
- 14774 feet of boom deployed
- 14 skimmers
Will drones be used?
Drone flights will begin May 11th at 11:00 for pre-assessments of the area for investigation and incident response).
May 11th 19:00pm Carlsbad State Beach
We respect people’s right to assemble, and we ask that anybody who plans to attend the protest do so in a safe and organized manner and refrain from conducting activities that would prolong response actions.
Green Alliance will be staging a protest on May 11, 2017 at The Chevron Command Post QLN Center
Are there any beach closures from the spill?
Due to the current weather conditions and the forecasted trajectory of the spill, Oceanside Beach will be closed effective( ).
Is this the next BP Oil spill?
No, this was an isolated event.
Can you confirm that all the employees of the vessel in question have been drug tested?
All crew aboard the Crux Voyager have been drug tested and passed.
Are all the employees of the ship legally employed?
Chevron follows all legal requirements when hiring any personnel.
Will the released oil reach the coastline?
We are actively monitoring the released oil. It is estimated that released oil will reach the shoreline on May 12th at approximately 18:00.
How much oil has been recovered?
As of 06:15, the total estimated oily water recovered was 629. 685 gallons.
Health and Safety:
Were there any causalities or injuries?
There were no causalities. Two crewmen from the Crux Voyager are being treated for minor injuries.
What are the potential health effects of the spill and cleanup efforts, particularly dispersants?
When developing an overall incident action plan, the UC weighs the risks and benefits of each tactic. Response tactics are selected with the ultimate goal of mitigating or minimizing negative impact to Public Health and the environment.
What is the status of the fire that was reported in the oil tanker?
The collision caused a fire in the Crux Voyager engine room. The fire has been extinguished and the tanker is being closely monitored to ensure the fire stays out.
Is Air Monitoring being conducted?
We have six air monitoring teams set up in the community. As of May 11th, at 10:15 a.m., there are no air impacts to the community.
General Health Concerns
We are working with the Public Health Center “North Coastal” to monitor the plume and any potential health impact. There are no current Health Impacts.
Fish and Wildlife:
Are there any fishery closures?
There are no fishery closures at this time, please check https://chevron.response.news/ for updates.
Will fish and wildlife be affected?
One pelican that came into contact with the oil has been recovered and successfully treated. We have received reports of whales in the area, although they have not been impacted by the spill. There is no other information at this time on potential effect on fish and wildlife in the area. Crews are working to mitigate any possible impact on the environment.
Who is monitoring the wildlife in distress?
Specially trained wildlife specialists are monitoring the area for impacted wildlife. To report oiled wildlife, contact 877-UCD-OWCN.
Should the public help clean wildlife in distress?
Cleaning oiled wildlife without training is dangerous to humans and animals. If you see wildlife in distress, please call the wildlife hotline at 877-UCD-OWCN
What do I do if I see oil on the beach?
Report to any oil or tar balls to 888-334-2258.
Will the Beach festival on May 13th be cancelled because of the spill?
In order to ensure the health and safety of the festival participants, the festival will be cancelled until an alternate venue can be identified. Working on Verification, Not yet confirmed.
Will there be a Community Town hall?
A community Town Hall has been scheduled for May 13th at 10:00 and 17:00 at the Crown Heights Community Center and will include drill representatives from Environmental, Safety, Public Health, and Planning.
Has a Volunteer Hotline been Established?
A Volunteer Hotline has been established (The Volunteer Hotline is 800-228-4544)
How can I file a Claim?
A Claims Number has been established (The claims number is 800.842.8153)
The claims office is located at 3652 Ocean Ranch Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92056 and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.