OSPR scientists led an oil spill containment boom deployment exercise at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside this morning. The objective was to test strategies protecting wetlands and other upstream sensitive habitat in the event of an offshore oil spill. OSPR maintains and tests hundreds of these strategies statewide. U.S. Coast Guard San Diego also took part in the exercise. #thisisadrill #oilspill #wildlife #environment @uscg
Artist Betsi Oliver illustrated a presentation on Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (ADV’s) given by OSPR Asst. Deputy Administrator Steve Hampton. The topic was covered at last week’s annual meeting of the Pacific States & British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force. #derelictvessels #wildlife #environment #oilspill
OSPR crew on-scene of tanker truck accident on Highway 121 just below Highway 12 in Sonoma. Roadway is closed from Highway 37 North to 12 until scene is cleared. An estimated 4,500 gallons of gasoline was released onto the roadway and surrounding soil, impacting an ephemeral stream. A contractor has been hired by the trucking company to complete the cleanup.
OSPR scientists led their annual Environmental Response to Oil Spills (known commonly as EROS) training this week in #Goleta, at UC Santa Barbara’s Coal Oil Point Nature Center. The three-day event featured classroom discussions and field trips to the nearby shoreline and Devereux Lagoon. Such training helps response partners better understand the science of #oilspill response. @ucsantabarbara
OSPR monitoring the petroleum storage tank fire in Crockett, Contra Costa County. On Tuesday, several oil storage tanks caught fire at the NuStar Energy facility. Officials report culverts are plugged and boom is in place as a precaution.
Cymric Incident update: Cleanup is now complete at the site of a surface expression of water and oil at the Cymric 1Y Oil Field in #KernCounty. The Unified Command overseeing the response agreed on cleanup endpoints proposed by scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR). The site inspections included visual observations and comprehensive drone observations of the dry streambed impacted by the incident. An estimated 31,903 barrels (1,339,926 gallons) of fluid (oil and water) was recovered from the site since May 10, when the surface expression was first reported. A Unified Command had been established to enact strategies for cleanup and resource protection at the site. This Command includes representatives from OSPR, the California Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), Kern County Public Health Department, and Chevron. #Wildlife protection measures continued at the site until all visible oil was removed. Four oiled birds, (three barn owls and a lesser nighthawk) were recovered over the course of the response and did not survive. A Unified Command incident webpage that includes past updates can be found at www.CALSPILLWATCH.com.
Santa Barbara County firefighters practiced oil spill containment training at #Goleta Beach today. The exercise was provided by OSPR and the @uscg and showcased best practices for using the local equipment trailers granted by OSPR. The trailers are staged along the coast for the initial response to a spill. @sbwaterfront received one in 2010, and @countyofsb received two trailers in 2014. @das_williams and @johnpalminterinews were present at the spill containment training.
Cymric Incident update: Cleanup is nearly complete at the site of a surface expression of oil and water in Kern County. OSPR scientists are working with the Unified Command to develop cleanup endpoints and drone flights are ongoing to aid in these assessments. Watch for updates on Calspillwatch.com #environment #environmentalscience #wildlife #drone
Cymric Incident update: Excavators worked today to remove oiled sediment surrounding a surface expression that previously discharged oil and water into a dry streambed in Kern County. Much of the site has now been cleaned, and OSPR scientists are conducting ongoing assessments to develop final cleanup endpoints. The scientists are also continuing regular drone flights to provide detailed environmental analysis of the site. Watch for more updates on CalSpillWatch.com #environment #environmentalscience #wildlife