Coast Guard, unified command continue oil cleanup around sunken tug

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, local agencies, and other partner organizations continue unified efforts in response to an oil spill that occurred Monday afternoon when the tugboat Wenonah sank at her berth at Pier One on Treasure Island.

Operational priorities remain ensuring the safety of the cleanup crews and that of the general public, containment and recovery of discharged oil, and protection of wildlife and the environment. Cleanup crews have removed 200 to 300 gallons of an oily water mixture from the containment area. Since activating the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund on Monday, response and cleanup costs are approximately $80,000. The unified command continues to review salvage proposals. While on-water oil containment and recovery operations will continue, it is expected that salvage operations of the sunken tug will not commence for an additional 2 to 3 days.

The Department of Fish and Game is continuing to monitor impacts to the local environment as there have been no reports of negative impacts to wildlife or identified sensitive areas.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is a billion-dollar federal fund established to pay for cleanup and certain other costs when the responsible party is unidentified or unable to pay for oil spills or substantial threats of oil spills to navigable water of the United States.

The public is an invaluable partner in the protection of the environment. They are encouraged to call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 to report any possible pollution or environmental threats. The National Response Center is the primary federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills and is based out of Washington, D.C..

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