Coast Guard monitors clean up operations after spill near Santa Barbara

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Pacific Offshore Operators are coordinating clean up operations after an oil spill occurred off the Platform Houchin, Friday morning, June 22, 2012.

Automatic safety shutdowns on the platform secured pipeline operations shortly after the incident. Approximately one thousand gallons of oily water mixture has been recovered.

On-water clean up operations are nearly complete but as a precauton, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara, Calif., has requested shoreline assessment teams to monitor the beaches from Santa Barbara to Carpentaria, Calif., through the weekend. There is a minimal chance of shoreline impact.

The Coast Guard launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles with a Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach pollution investigator onboard to conduct an aerial assessment early Friday morning. Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara, to include an oil platform inspector from BSEE, also responded. The contracted clean-up company responded with six vessels and a helicopter as well.

If anyone observes oiled wildlife, they are urged not to handle the animals for both their own and the affected animal’s safety. The public should contact the Oil Wildlife Care Network at (877) 823-6926 to report any oiled wildlife.

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