Oil tank removed from under dilapidated pier in Astoria, Oregon

oast Guard contractors remove an oil tank from under a dilapidated pier on the Columbia River just west of the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa in Astoria, Jan. 30, 2018.

Contractors remove an oil tank from under a dilapidated pier on the Columbia River just west of the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa in Astoria, Jan. 30, 2018. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

WARRENTON, Ore. — A boiler oil tank has been removed from a dilapidated pier adjacent to the Hotel Cannery Pier, Tuesday, as responders work to remove the source of the oil spill that was first reported, January 18, near a pier west of the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa.

The 16-foot in length by 6-foot diameter cylindrical tank was removed by a Bergerson Construction barge via crane and will be moved to a nearby pier for proper disposal.

“Today was was an important milestone as we work toward the completion of the oil spill response efforts,” said Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Madjeska, chief Incident Management Division, Sector Columbia River. “We will continue to work with our partners to monitor the scene for other sources of pollution until cleanup efforts conclude.”

Oil spill responders from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, National Response Corporation Environmental Services and Global Diving and Salvage contractors have been on scene and responding since the oil spill was reported.

Future response plans include searching the pier for any additional tanks as well as the continuation of pollutant removal from the surrounding area.


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