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.
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