Agencies respond to oil discharge

WILMINGTON, Calif. – Early this evening local agencies responded to an oil-water mixture spill at the intersection of Sanford Avenue and East I Street in Wilmington, Calif.

The Coast Guard Command Center in San Pedro, Calif. received the initial notification from the State of California Emergency Management Agency shortly after 6:30 p.m. The initial notification from the caller indicated that the oil was spilled in the vicinity of that intersection.

The Marine Environmental Response team from Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach were immediately dispatched. The source of the discharge has been secured.

The responders checked outfall areas at the end of storm drains and at this time, no crude oil has reached the water. The oil that did reach the storm drains was contained about a mile and a half from reaching the harbor.

A Coast Guard HH-65 “Dolphin” Helicopter also flew over the affected areas and verified that the oil has not impacted the waterway.

Representatives from Los Angeles City Fire and California Department of Fish and Game also responded and are assessing further actions. Patriot Environmental has been contracted to clean up the affected areas.

The Federal, State, and local agencies will continue to monitor and respond to the situation as it develops.

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