A quail was released Monday after being cared for by Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay. The quail had been found oiled at the site of a flow line leak in McKittrick. The bird suffered skin burns but following rehabilitation, it recovered and was released by OSPR Scientist Roy Kim. #wildlife #environment #environmentalscience
Update: Salvage contractors were able to secure and raise the vessel that sank yesterday in the Long Beach Channel. The vessel will be stored at the @portoflongbeach pending an investigation into potential criminal scuttling. No oiled #wildlife have been observed.
The Suisun City Marina received an oil spill response trailer courtesy of an OSPR grant. It’s the 61st trailer granted by the program, which provides local government agencies up to $35,000 for the purchase of a mobile oil spill response trailer. The trailer was supplied today by @globaldiving of Vallejo, and includes 1,000 feet of containment boom, as well as personal protective equipment, absorbent materials, decontamination gear and other miscellaneous items needed for the initial response to an oil spill. #environment #oilspillresponse #preparedness #cawaterways
OSPR crew on-scene of sunken vessel in the Long Beach Channel near the Queen Mary. Vessel remains intact but a fuel sheen was observed. Divers from Long Beach Fire/Lifeguards concluded no one was onboard at time of sinking. Cleanup contractor has been hired to remove fuel and salvage the vessel. No oiled wildlife have been observed. The U.S. Coast Guard is also responding. The cause of sinking remains under investigation. @longbeachfire @longbeachlifeguard #environment
Madera County Sheriff’s Department staff took part in on-water boom deployment training today at Bass Lake. The agency recently received an oil spill response trailer through OSPR’s grant program, which seeks to help local government and tribal organizations be better prepared for spills. Today’s training, which was provided by @globaldiving, also included several hours in the classroom. @maderasheriff #maderacounty #environment #preparedness
Five years ago today OSPR and its response partners rushed to the scene of a crude oil spill that impacted the pristine shoreline of Santa Barbara County, killing hundreds of seabirds and marine mammals, and fouling fisheries and springtime recreation for weeks and even months. The spill stemmed from an underground pipeline running along Highway 101 near Refugio State Beach, which ruptured and released more than 123,000 gallons of crude oil, 50,000 of which ran down a ravine and into the ocean. OSPR staff from up and down the state spent several months away from home working the response, which later transitioned to a collaborative, state and federal effort to assess damages and restoration. All the tireless work and seamless coordination following that tragic afternoon showcased California’s top-notch oil spill program, and the true dedication of its staff and partners who have pursued their calling to protect our natural resources. (Photos show Refugio State Beach, May 2019) #oilspill #environment #wildlife #fiveyearslater #santabarbara #goleta
OSPR crew continues to monitor excavation at the site of a November tanker truck accident on Highway 121 in Sonoma County. Cleanup contractors have worked to remove contaminated soil from where 4,500 gallons of gasoline was spilled in the incident. Oil spill prevention specialists are part of the OSPR crew and handle the technical side of the cleanup, which includes quantification. #environment #sonomacounty #oilspill #oilspillcleanup
OSPR crew responding to a fuel release that began yesterday in @lagunabeachgov. The incident is still under investigation but the initial report suspects mechanical failure of a generator at a nearby hospital on the #PacificCoastHighway. The generator released an estimated 2,000 gallons of red die diesel into a nearby storm drain that flows onto Totuava Beach. Cleanup operations are currently focused on sand; the water was not impacted. Due to the remote location, responders hauled out contaminated sand onto a nearby anchored vessel. No oiled #wildlife observed at this time. #environment
OSPR crew today oversaw ongoing excavation at the site of a November tanker truck accident on Highway 121 in Sonoma County. An estimated 4,500 gallons of gasoline had been released. The project required careful planning due to narrow road structure and overhead power lines. No oiled #wildlife have been observed to date. Crew wore face masks and practiced social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.