San Pablo Bay Sheen
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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A unified command has been established with the United States Coast Guard, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Contra Costa County’s Hazardous Materials Department and Phillips 66 to respond to oil sheen in San Pablo Bay.
Unified Command is a structure that brings together agencies that have spill response authority and organizations involved in a spill incident in order to coordinate an effective response, while allowing each to carry out their own jurisdictional, legal and functional responsibilities.
Responding agencies include the National Response Center (NRC), United States Coast Guard, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Contra Costa County’s Hazardous Materials Department, the Office of Spill Prevention & Response along with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Operations at the marine terminal have been temporarily shut down as the incident and the cause of the sheen are investigated.
- The source and volume of the material released is unknown at this time.
- Spill containment boom has been deployed.
- A plan is being created at this time to clean up the area around the vessel.
There have been no injuries associated with the release and there is no anticipated health impact to the community. No visibly oiled wildlife have been reported or observed at this time. The safety of the community, the environment and the public are of utmost importance. These priorities will guide the efforts of the agencies on the response.
For media inquiries, please contact the Joint Information Center 510-245-5920.
To report oiled wildlife, please call 877 UCD-OWCN (823-6926).
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- Joint Information Center