See OSPR environmental scientist describe the success of an oil spill drill at an oil production facility in Tupman, California.
OSPR Environmental Scientist Kris Wiese explains this morning's sensitive site strategy testing in Mission Bay, San Diego. @cityofsandiego @uscg @countyofsandiego
The muddy remains of the 112-foot-long barge “Vengeance” have been sliced into scrap by Mare Island disposal crews. OSPR personnel were among the first on the scene when Vengeance sank into the San Francisco Bay this past April. After safely defueling it, salvage teams performed a “parbuckle” operation, in which the submerged barge was rolled into position to be removed from the water by crane. OSPR spill prevention specialists, wardens, and environmental scientists all played an active role in providing for public and environmental safety before and during Vengeance’s removal. @USCG @globaldiving @sfemerengcy
OSPR crews responded to a grounded commercial vessel this morning in Estero Bay in San Luis Obispo County. Responders safely pumped out 45 gallons of fuel from the 45-foot vessel. There was no observed sheen or visibly oiled wildlife. @nrc_marine @uscg @sanluisobispo
OSPR environmental scientists had the opportunity to survey the blunt-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia sila) this season. This endangered species is both state and federally protected. The scientists received handling experience with this inland species in the event an oil spill impacts them and/or their habitat. The surveys took place on CDFW conservation land in northern Kern County.
OSPR Environmental Scientist Dan Schrimsher briefly recaps this morning's Area Committee Meeting discussing oil spill response planning along the Central Coast. @uscg
Wildlife responders would include fencing as one of the potential exclusion/deterrence techniques available to use during an oil spill. Decisions on which particular technique to use to keep snakes and other wildlife away from a spill zone or “hot zone” depend on a variety of factors such as habitat, terrain, species present, extent of spill, spill product and weather among other factors. @wildlifehealthcenter
July is “Wild About Wildlife” month, which honors organizations like OSPR that are dedicated to helping and protecting animals before, during and after an oil spill. As part of the celebration, we’ll be showcasing various wildlife native to CA. This female #kingfisher was spotted at @CaliforniaDFW Point Edith Wildlife Area in Contra Costa County, near the @cityofmartinez. Get “wild” about one of our wildlife areas by visiting one near you.
CDFW field team responded to a mineral oil release after an explosion at the DWP Receiving Station that left many w/out power last Saturday night in the San Fernando Valley. The mineral oil, which acts as a coolant for the power plant’s transformers, released into a nearby storm drain and entered Aliso Creek Wash and the Los Angeles River. CDFW oversaw the containment and cleanup of the release to protect the nearby habitat and wildlife. @losangelesfiredepartment @uscg