UPDATE: COAST GUARD TRANSFERS SPIRIT OF SACRAMENTO TO EPA FOLLOWING PETROLEUM PRODUCT REMOVAL OPERATIONS

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Army Corps of Engineers and other partner agencies completed the removal of the petroleum products aboard the Spirit of Sacramento Wednesday.

Following a righting and dewatering operation Sept. 28, the Spirit of Sacramento arrived at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility in Sausalito Friday afternoon. Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., conducted petroleum product removal operations throughout the weekend and removed approximately 130 gallons of oily water mixture.

The Coast Guard has transferred the Spirit of Sacramento to the Environmental Protection Agency, which plans to remove hazardous material from the vessel at a later date. The Coast Guard plans to work with the EPA in the case that residual lube oils and other petroleum pollutants are discovered during the EPA’s hazardous materials abatement process.

The total amount of money expended by the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to pay for the righting, dewatering and petroleum pollution removal of Spirit of Sacramento is approximately $1.6 million. This fund is set aside to aid in oil removal activities and damage assessment costs incurred by the Coast Guard. The largest source of revenue for the fund is a per-barrel excise tax, collected from the oil industry on petroleum produced in, or imported to the United States. Another source is cost recoveries and penalties from responsible parties; those responsible for oil incidents are liable for costs and damages.

The National Pollution Funds Center serves as the fiduciary for the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and will handle all cost recovery efforts from the responsible party.

Media inquiries about the Spirit of Sacramento for the Coast Guard should be directed to 510-772-8865 and inquiries for the Environmental Protection Agency should be directed to 415-972-3165.

11th Coast Guard District
Contact: District 11 Public Affairs
Email: d11.smb.d11pa@uscg.mil
Office: (510) 437-3808

UPDATE: COAST GUARD, PARTNER AGENCIES TO CONDUCT POLLUTION REMOVAL OPERATIONS ON THE SPIRIT OF SACRAMENTO

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Army Corps of Engineers and other partner agencies are preparing Friday to remove pollution from a vessel that capsized near Bethel Island Sept. 4.

Following a righting and dewatering operation Wednesday, the Spirit of Sacramento arrived at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility in Sausalito at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday. Global Diving and Salvage, Inc. personnel are scheduled to maintain a 24-hour watch aboard the vessel throughout the weekend.

Petroleum product removal operations are expected to commence Saturday morning and continue throughout the day.

The Coast Guard is scheduled to formally transfer the Spirit of Sacramento to the Environmental Protection Agency Monday, which will then remove hazardous material from the vessel at a later date.

Images of Spirit of Sacramento operations can be viewed at www.dvidshub.net or at https://www.facebook.com/USCoastGuardPacificSouthwest.

UPDATE: COAST GUARD, PARTNER AGENCIES RESPOND TO REPORTS OF 2 OIL SHEENS IN VALLEJO

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to respond to reports of two oil sheens on the water in the vicinity of the Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery and northern San Pablo Bay Wednesday.

At approximately 7:40 a.m., the Coast Guard launched a helicopter crew from Air Station San Francisco to conduct a first light overflight of the area. The aircrew identified a sheen just over a mile long by 40 yards wide on the water in the northern San Pablo Bay area. Coast Guard and California Office of Spill Prevention and Response pollution investigators are aboard a small boat taking samples to assist in determining the source.

A second sheen was identified during the Coast Guard overflight near Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery Marine Terminal. Several vessels and skimmers are on scene conducting containment and cleanup operations and 1,000-feet of boom has been placed on the water surrounding the refinery. No oiled wildlife has been observed at this time.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened for $25,000.

Coast Guard pollution investigators have not determined the source of either sheen.

An urgent marine information broadcast is being issued to local mariners. Please contact the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center at (415) -399-7300 to report any oil sheen or other pollution.

For additional information regarding the sheen reported Tuesday evening in northern San Pablo Bay, please visit the Coast Guard press release at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2885466/.

11th Coast Guard District
Contact: District 11 Public Affairs
Email: d11.smb.d11pa@uscg.mil
Office: (510) 437-3808