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UPDATE: Cleanup operations ongoing after pipeline spill in Ventura

For Immediate Release
Unified Command

Ventura, Calif. – A multi-agency response continues to manage cleanup operations in the area impacted by a June 23 pipeline spill in Hall Canyon, Ventura.

On-scene crews include 98 responders, who have recovered a significant amount of pooled oil utilizing vacuum trucks. Cleanup operations are complex due to steep terrain.

Air monitoring is being continually conducted to assure safety of residents and responders in the area.

Two wood rats, one gopher snake, a raccoon and a rabbit were collected in the area and are being processed by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network for confirmation and identification. It has yet to be confirmed whether or not the deaths were linked to this incident. Specially trained wildlife personnel continue to work at deterring wildlife from entering the spill area and continue to search for oiled wildlife.

The cause of the spill is under investigation, and the investigation is separate from the unified command response. The unified command consists of representatives from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Crimson Pipeline, which has taken responsibility for the incident.

The public and media are advised to avoid the spill area and keep pets on leashes. In addition, they should not attempt to rescue any observed oiled wildlife. Untrained individuals who attempt to rescue wildlife may cause more harm than good and may injure themselves in the process.

The number to report oiled wildlife is 877 UCD-OWCN (823-6926).

Residents wishing to file a claim can do so via email at claims@crimsonpl.com or by calling 562-285-4128.

For the safety of residents and responders, motorists who do not live in the area are asked to avoid Hall Canyon Road.

For more information, visit http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/OSPR/CalSpillWatch

Contact: Eric Laughlin, Cal Fish and Wildlife, 916-214-3279
Matt Rezvani, Crimson Pipeline, 562-656-7392

Cleanup, air monitoring ongoing after pipeline spill in Ventura

For Immediate Release
Unified Command

Ventura, Calif. – A multi-agency response has been established to manage cleanup operations in the area impacted by a June 23 pipeline spill in Hall Canyon, Ventura.

There have been no oiled wildlife observed or reported, and no oil has reached the ocean or other water.

Cleanup crews remain on-scene containing and recovering the oil. Resources include 98 responders and five vacuum trucks. Air monitoring is being continually conducted to assure safety of responders and residents in the area.  

The cause of the spill is under investigation. The unified command response will be independent of that investigation and includes representatives from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Crimson Pipeline, which has taken responsibility for the incident.

The public and media are advised to avoid the impacted area and keep pets on leashes. In addition, they should not attempt to rescue any observed oiled wildlife. Untrained individuals who attempt to rescue wildlife may cause more harm than good and may injure themselves in the process.

The number to report oiled wildlife is 877 UCD-OWCN (823-6926).

Residents wishing to file a claim can do so via email at claims@crimsonpl.com or by calling 562-285-4128. 

For more information, visit http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/OSPR/CalSpillWatch

Contacts

Eric Laughlin, Cal Fish and Wildlife, 916-214-3279
Kendall Klingler, Crimson Pipeline, 314-574-1875

 

Siskiyou County Receives Equipment and Training for Oil Spill Response

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) oversaw the delivery of oil spill response equipment and training for Siskiyou County first responders today. Siskiyou County is the fourth inland area awarded the spill equipment grant since OSPR expanded its preparedness activities statewide in 2014.

“For 25 years, we’ve protected the coast from oil spills. Now we want to bring the same level of protection to communities that have a long history of rail traffic and potential river impacts,” said OSPR’s Local Government Outreach and Grant Coordinator Scott Lipton. “It’s crucial that we all work together to protect these vital areas.”

Siskiyou County Environmental Health Department received the $30,000 grant that provides 1,000 feet of containment boom, absorbent materials, a mobile trailer and eight hours of training. The equipment will strengthen oil spill preparedness and response at the Upper Sacramento River.

Today’s training included a four -hour classroom instruction session, followed by four hours of on-water equipment deployment with spill response professionals.

“On behalf of Siskiyou County First Responders and the Upper Sacramento River Communities, we are grateful to OSPR and the people of the State to have been awarded this grant which will provide swift water oil response equipment and training to local personnel.  Siskiyou County is home of the head waters of the Sacramento River and its diverse habitat, we are very pleased to have these additional tools to help protect this crucial waterway.”

OSPR began offering equipment grants in 2007 and has since provided nearly $1 million to more than 40 local government agencies and tribes in California.

Equipment grants are available to any local public agency or tribe in the state. In order to be considered, agencies must be at risk of an oil spill occurring in their jurisdiction. The Response Equipment Grant Program webpage offers more information.

Media Contact:
Eric Laughlin, Public Information Officer, (916) 214-3279

State Releases Summary Report on Refugio Oil Spill

Today, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife‘s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) released a report describing and evaluating its response to the May 2015 Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara.

OSPR acts as the public trustee in protecting, managing and restoring California’s wildlife and habitat, and represents the state as the On-Scene Coordinator during oil spill response efforts that include federal and local partners. The OSPR After Action Report  focuses on OSPR’s performance and lessons learned from the Refugio spill, and includes an Appendix with detailed improvement recommendations for future events.

“Refugio was a test of our office’s preparedness to immediately plug in to a unified response to a devastating oil spill crisis,” said Thomas Cullen, OSPR Administrator and State On-Scene Coordinator. “Our successful cooperation with the US Coast Guard, US Environmental Protection Agency, the County of Santa Barbara and other partner agencies allowed us to quickly assess the damage and coordinate our response and cleanup efforts.” The busiest phase of the cleanup effort included more than 1,400 responders and 22 skimmer and support vessels on the water.

Key findings from the report highlight successful operations:

  • Consistent interagency coordination between state and federal partners
  • Prompt fisheries closure and sampling to ensure safety, and a reopening of the fisheries as soon as possible
  • Regular communication with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Tribal training and participation in monitoring and cleanup of areas of cultural concern

Suggested actions to improve future response efforts include:

  • Increase education efforts and information sharing with local governments and NGOs before spills happen
  • Plan for earlier community engagement
  • Develop an electronic shoreline assessment data management system
  • Train additional OSPR staff for Volunteer Unit positions to plan for and manage spill volunteers

Although winding down, the Refugio oil spill response is still ongoing. An evaluation of shoreline cleanup and assessment will be added as an addendum to the report following the full demobilization and closing of the response. Additionally, this report does not cover any civil or criminal investigations which are outside the scope of managing the incident.

Today, the US Coast Guard also issued the Federal On-Scene Coordinator Report reviewing its Refugio response operations under the multi-agency Unified Command.

Background
In May 19, 2015, a buried section of a 24-inch pipeline owned and operated by Plains All American Pipeline, LLC, ruptured in a cliff above Highway 1 near Santa Barbara, releasing more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil, with a significant amount entering the Pacific Ocean at Refugio State Beach. On May 20, 2015, the Governor issued a State of Emergency for the incident. OSPR served as the State On-Scene Coordinator in the Unified Command with the U.S. Coast Guard, a Plains All American Pipeline representative, a Santa Barbara County representative and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Media Contact:
Amy Norris, OSPR Public Affairs, (916) 322-1683