Cleanup, response operations continue for oil leak at Shell Wharf

cg-D11MARTINEZ, Calif. — The cleanup and response operations continue for oil released at the Shell Wharf in Martinez, Wednesday.

Assessments conducted throughout Wednesday continue to show no impact to the shoreline or wildlife, and no impact to the Martinez Marina or nearby marsh.

Resources and personnel have been deployed to the affected area as a precaution to guard against any potential impact. Resources include absorbent boom, skimmers and a helicopter for aerial assessments, as needed. Residents may continue to notice extra activity at the wharf and the Carquinez Strait area throughout the evening as cleanup operations are conducted.

“We are pleased with the progress and response to the release, both in the initial actions from Shell and the joint-agency cleanup and recovery activities,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rhianna Macon, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, Deputy Incident Commander, Unified Command. “As always, we would like to thank our outstanding emergency response personnel for their great cooperation and their immediate actions to stop this release and contain the spill.”

At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday Shell personnel reported a leak from a crude oil line at the Shell Martinez Wharf and confirmed the leak was stopped within 30 minutes. Shell personnel estimated the leak to be approximately two barrels of oil (approximately 84 gallons), and two issues related to the pipeline were repaired. Shell engaged all appropriate agencies for the response, and a Unified Command was established Tuesday evening.

The Unified Command consists of representatives from Shell, U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

There are no known impacts to wildlife at this time. In the event the public encounters oiled wildlife, they are advised not to approach it and call the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at (877) UCD-OWCN (823-6923).

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