Coast Guard continues to monitor oil sheen

SAN DIEGO – The Coast Guard flew two more flights Sunday over the oil sheen that was initially spotted Saturday morning.

Coast Guard Sector San Diego launched a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter at 6:30 a.m., with a pollution investigator onboard to assess the sheen. The pollution investigator said it appeared the sheen had dissipated about 70 per cent since the initial report yesterday morning. A second helicopter flew over the area at 11 a.m., and did not see any of the sheen.

It had been determined the sheen was unrecoverable because “it did not appear to be feasible to do an open water recovery,” Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Salviati said. Salviati is one of the pollution investigators who flew yesterday afternoon to get a look at the oil sheen. “From the imagery it looked like it was a lighter fuel due to the color and how fast it dissipated in the initial hours. Because of the dissipation it appears there would not be any impact to the shoreline.”

Salviati says investigators are attempting to determine the source of the oil sheen, however due to the amount of vessel traffic in the area it makes it almost impossible to establish where the sheen came from.

Anyone with any information about the sheen is encouraged to call the Joint Harbor Operations Center at 619.278.7031.

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