2017 NPREP Oceanside Exercise/ Press Release #3 – Unified Command Conducting Dispersant and In Situ Burn Tests THIS IS A DRILL

(Oceanside, California. May 11, 2017) – The Unified Command is conducting limited tests to determine the effectiveness of “in situ” burning and the use of a dispersant to respond to the oil spill. Both tests were approved by Regional Response Team IX and Unified Command. The South Coast Air Quality Management District also approved the in situ burn test.

An “In Situ” burn test will take place this morning. In situ burning is an established response method of burning the oil in place. Special fire resistant boom is used to contain a portion of the oil spill that is to be burned, and then the oil is ignited. Air quality will be monitored during the test. If the in situ burn test is successful, the Unified Command has approval to continue using this method. Air monitoring will continue throughout in situ burning operations.

A test of oil dispersant COREXIT 9500 was conducted yesterday at approximately 6:30 p.m. Approximately 425 gallons of dispersant were sprayed from a King Air BE-90 fixed-wing aircraft. The test determined the dispersant was effective, and a second test is being conducted this morning. If the dispersant test is successful, the Unified Command has approval to continue application. The effectiveness of dispersant will continue to be re-assessed as it is applied.

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Contact information:

  • Media – 262 249 2806
  • Public information – 262 249 2804
  • Coast Guard – 619 278 7025
  • Wildlife – 877 823 6926
  • Volunteers – 800 228 4544
  • Claims – 800 842 8153
  • Public health questions – 541 207 2057
  • www.chevron.response.news

2017 NPREP Oceanside Exercise Open House THIS IS A DRILL

On Saturday, May 13, representatives from (NPREP Drill) Unified Command will be available to the public to answer questions and provide information on the May 10 oil release incident. There will be both morning (10.00-11.30) and evening (17.00-18.30) sessions. There will be specialists from command environmental, safety: incident planning, and public health to address your questions and concerns.

Location: Crown Heights Community Center (1201 Division Street, Oceanside, CA, 92054)

2017 NPREP Oceanside Exercise FAQ THIS IS A DRILL

What happened?

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).

Scheduled Protests:

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

Beach Closures:

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(                     ).

In-Situ Burn:

Legal:

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.

Environmental:

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

Community Outreach:

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.

2017 NPREP Oceanside Exercise / THIS IS A DRILL Unified Command Press Release # 2

(Oceanside, California. May 10, 2017) – The Unified Command continues coordinating the response to the collision between an oil tanker and a cargo vessel that occurred at 5:53 a.m yesterday, about 30 miles from the coast of Los Angeles. Initial reports estimate that approximately 2.1 million gallons of crude oil were released into the sea. The tanker, the Crux Voyage, operated by Chevron Shipping LLC, has a maximum cargo-carrying capacity of 46.2 million gallons.
Oil recovery & emergency response

  • Twenty-four vessels have been deployed to conduct oil containment and recovery, environmental assessment and salvage actions.
  • A two-mile safety zone around the affected vessels has been established for protection.
  • The US Coast Guard coordinated a 10 mile x 10 mile Temporary Flight Restriction zone up to 10,000 feet around and above the collision site.
  • Vessel traffic is urged to remain clear of the area to allow responders unimpeded access.

Contact information:

  • Media – 262 249 2806
  • Public information – 262 249 2804
  • Coast Guard – 619 278 7025
  • Wildlife – 877 823 6926
  • Volunteers – 800 228 4544
  • Claims – 800 842 8153
  • Public health questions – 541 207 2057
  • www.chevron.response.news

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2017 NPREP Oceanside Exercise UNIFIED COMMAND PRESS RELEASE # 1

THIS IS A DRILL (Oceanside, California. May 10, 2017) – At approximately 5:53 a.m., a collision between an oil tanker and a cargo vessel was reported at approximately 30 miles from the coast of Los Angeles. An undetermined amount of crude oil has been released into the sea. No injuries have been reported.

A Unified Command, consisting of the US Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response, and Chevron Shipping Company LLC is managing the response to the incident. Oil spill response equipment has been deployed and crews are assessing the amount of spill and working to mitigate impact into the environment.

A Joint Information Center has been established. A public information phone line has been established at 1800 228 4544.

Further details will be provided as they become available.

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This is a Drill: OSPR Investigating Reported Oil Spill

Date: May 10, 2017

Oceanside, Calif. – California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is investigating an oil spill that occurred off the coast of San Diego County this morning shortly before 6 a.m.

Initial reports to Office of Emergency Services indicate a discharge of crude oil from a ship collision that took place 34.5 miles off the coast of Oceanside. Reports also indicate the collision was between an oil tanker and another vessel. Chevron Shipping Company, which was operating the tanker, has initiated a response to the incident.

OSPR personnel enroute include wildlife officers, environmental scientists and oil spill
prevention specialists. The team will evaluate the scope of the spill once on-scene.

The amount of oil discharged is unknown at this time and under investigation.
More information will be released as it becomes available and is confirmed by the response team. Visit CalSpillWatch.com for updated information on the spill, and follow OSPR on twitter @CalSpillWatch.

Contact: Eric Laughlin, Public Information Officer, (916) 214-3279