Cymric Incident Update 8/15/19

Cymric oil spill logosCymric Incident Update: Crews are conducting diagnostic testing of wells in vicinity of a surface expression of oil and water in Kern County.
OSPR scientists signed off on cleanup for about 50 percent of the site last week. Further cleanup will continue following well testing.
An oiled bird, a lesser nighthawk, was recovered from the site on August 14. It was transported to a wildlife care center where it later had to be euthanized. No other oiled wildlife have been observed and hazing techniques are still being used to deter birds and other animals from the site.
There has been no flow of oil or water since August 2. As of August 8, the amount recovered is 31,903 barrels (1,339,926 gallons), with the fluid ratio being 30 percent oil & 70 percent water.

Cymric Incident Update 8/7/19

Cymric oil spill logosCleanup continues at the site of a surface expression of oil and water in Kern County. Cleanup has been completed for about 51 percent of the impacted area, and OSPR staff are expected to sign off on cleanup endpoints for four sections of the site this week. As of Aug. 6, approximately 31,980 barrels (1,339,800 gallons) of oil and water (30% oil & 70% water) has been recovered. The last flow of oil and water was observed August 2.Cymric Mello still

Cal OES reports

The first surface expression associated with this incident was reported to OES on May 10 and notice of this incident was posted that day on OES’ Emergency Warning Center website. Additional updates were reported to OES and posted on the Emergency Warning Center website in June and July as additional surface expressions occurred at the site. Cal OES reports are located at:

Cal OES Cymric Surface Expression 19-3668 (Search 19-3668 for June 8, 2019; June 23, 2019; July 17, 2019 releases; July 24, 2019; July 29, 2019 reports)

Cal OES Cymric Surface Expression 19-3040
(Search 19-3040 for May 10, 2019 release)

Cymric Incident Update 8/2/19

Cymric oil spill logosCleanup continues at the site of a surface expression of oil and water in Kern County. Crews have completed approximately 55 percent of work to remove oiled sediment in one division of the site. As of Aug. 1, approximately 31,685 barrels (1,330,770 gallons) of oil and water (30% oil & 70% water) has been recovered.

Cal OES reports

The first surface expression associated with this incident was reported to OES on May 10 and notice of this incident was posted that day on OES’ Emergency Warning Center website. Additional updates were reported to OES and posted on the Emergency Warning Center website in June and July as additional surface expressions occurred at the site. Cal OES reports are located at:

Cal OES Cymric Surface Expression 19-3668 (Search 19-3668 for June 8, 2019; June 23, 2019; July 17, 2019 releases; July 24, 2019; July 29, 2019 reports)

Cal OES Cymric Surface Expression 19-3040
(Search 19-3040 for May 10, 2019 release)

 

CYMRIC OIL FIELD INCIDENT UPDATE 7/26/19

Cleanup operations have been ongoing and will continue this weekend at the site of a surface expression of water and oil at the Cymric Oil Field in Kern County.

Pumps have been used to recover fluid and excavators are working to remove solids created by mixing dirt with the fluid.

At this time, a total of 25,260 barrels (1,060,920 gallons) of fluid (oil and water) have been recovered from the site.

Fluid continues to be released from one section of the site, which is removed by pumps.

The Unified Command approved an incident action plan for the next week, which includes strategies for cleanup and ongoing environmental assessments.

No visibly oiled wildlife have been observed or reported to date, and no impacts to drinking water supplies are anticipated, according to the State Water Resources Control Board.

Wildlife Operations staff have developed enhanced avoidance and minimization measures to ensure enhanced protection of wildlife as cleanup operations evolve and expand.

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CYMRIC OIL FIELD INCIDENT UPDATE 7/24/19

Incident Name: Cymric Incident
Incident Report Date(s):  May 10, June 8, June 23, and July 22

Incident Location: Cymric oil field, north of the community of McKittrick.
Incident Type: Oil spill

Barrels/Gallons Recovered: 25,260/1,060,920 – 30% oil and 70% water

Overview: Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Chevron), the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), and the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) continue to address a release of water and oil in a dry streambed in the Cymric oil field located in western Kern County. A Unified Command was established on July 22 for emergency response, resources protection and recovery efforts.

On July 22, Chevron notified DOGGR of two additional flow locations, approximately 50 feet south of a previous location reported on June 23. The additional locations are flowing intermittently, and the fluids are contained in the same streambed. Efforts to stop the flows are continuing.

On July 23, Unified Command approved a phased cleanup plan. A berm will be built to separate the first cleanup area from other areas, where fluids continue to be extracted remotely.

No visibly observed wildlife have been seen since the expression was reported, and no impacts to drinking water supplies are anticipated. Staff from OSPR and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network are continuing to monitor the area, using drone imagery, cameras, databases, and field observations to assess wildlife activity and potential impacts. Hazing techniques have also been used to discourage wildlife from entering the area.

General Information:
Unified Command is comprised of the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Kern County Public Health Services Department, and Chevron.

The number to report oiled wildlife is 1-877-823-6926. The public is asked not to approach potentially oiled wildlife. A Unified Command incident webpage has been launched to provide ongoing information. That page can be found at http://www.CALSPILLWATCH.com.

Media Contact: Eric Laughlin, PIO, 916-214-3279

Last updated: 07/26/19