State and Federal Authorities Investigate Oil Spill in LA Harbor

San Pedro, Calif – The U.S. Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) are conducting a joint investigation to determine the cause of an estimated 210 gallon diesel fuel spill into Los Angeles Harbor late Thursday night .

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received the report of a diesel sheen at berth 240 in the Port of Los Angeles at 11:10 pm Thursday night. The Coast Guard immediately responded to the location to conduct an investigation and locate the source of the discharge.

The initial investigation did not reveal a source or responsible party. The Coast Guard accessed the Federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and hired Patriot Environmental Services to conduct the $50,000 clean up operation.

Biologists from OSPR are monitoring the area for any potential environmental impact to fish and wildlife. As of yet there is no reported impact to fish or wildlife.

The Coast Guard and OSPR investigation into the source of the discharge continues. Any information regarding this or any discharge of oil or hazardous material can be reported to the National Response Center 24-hours a day at 1-800-424-8802. Reports may be made anonymously.

San Pedro, Calif - Sheen created by the diesel fuel discharged into LA Harbor is visible from the air.  Photo captured during an overflight of the incident area by Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles. (Official U.S. Coast Guard Photo - Lt. j.g Michael McCarty)

Sheen created by the diesel fuel discharged into LA Harbor is visible from the air. Photo captured during an overflight of the incident area by Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.
Official U.S. Coast Guard Photo – Lt. j.g Michael McCarty

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