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Cleanup operations continue for oil spill at Shell Wharf in Martinez

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38From an article by Joseph R. Fonseca published Thursday, February 12, 2015 by under the headline:

Cleanup, Response Operations continue at Shell Wharf


At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday Shell personnel reported a leak from a crude oil line at the Shell Martinez Wharf and confirmed the leak was stopped within 30 minutes. Shell personnel estimated the leak to be approximately two barrels of oil (approximately 84 gallons), and two issues related to the pipeline were repaired. Shell engaged all appropriate agencies for the response, and a Unified Command was established Tuesday evening.

Resources and personnel have been deployed to the affected area as a precaution to guard against any potential impact. Resources include absorbent boom, skimmers and a helicopter for aerial assessments, as needed. Residents may continue to notice extra activity at the wharf and the Carquinez Strait area throughout the evening as cleanup operations are conducted.

“We are pleased with the progress and response to the release, both in the initial actions from Shell and the joint-agency cleanup and recovery activities,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rhianna Macon, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, Deputy Incident Commander, Unified Command. “As always, we would like to thank our outstanding emergency response personnel for their great cooperation and their immediate actions to stop this release and contain the spill.”


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