Coast Guard Establishes Unified Command for Long Beach Oil Spill

Long Beach, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response, and Tidelands Oil Producton Company have established a unified command to coordinate the oil spill clean-up response in Long Beach Harbor. The spill was reported by Tidelands to the Coast Guard late Thursday night.

The leak was discovered near Pico Ave. and Pier D in the Port of Long Beach. Containment boom has been placed between piers C and D, and provide full containment of the oil spilled into the basin. Approximately 50 gallons of oil has entered the water. The source of the spill is suspected to be a damaged pipeline. The cause is under investigation.

Tidelands Oil Production Company has assumed financial responsiblity for the response and has hired Patriot Environmental Services to conduct the clean-up.

Bait fish and shell fish from charter boats along with crab from the local fish market had to be destroyed due to contaminiaton. They were stored in tanks that drew surface water from the spill area. There is no observed impact to wildlife.

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