press release

Update on Arthur Kill Oil Spill Response

PERTH AMBOY, N.J., Feb. 15, 2006 -- A Unified Incident Command (UIC) comprised of Chevron Products Co., the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state and city environmental agencies continues to respond to a crude oil spill in the Arthur Kill.

Updated information includes:

  • The Arthur Kill has been reopened to marine traffic.
  • The total volume of crude oil spilled is unchanged from the prior estimate of approximately 31,000 gallons.
  • Approximately 29,400 gallons of oil-water mixture have been recovered.
  • Two reconnaissance flights took place today to reassess the area impacted by the spill.
  • The Unified Incident Command's priorities today are focused primarily on:
    • Protecting human health and the environment, and continuing a safe, incident-free response.
    • Continuing oil recovery along both shores of the Arthur Kill.
    • Conducting detailed assessments of impacted areas and implementing response efforts.
  • More than 300 personnel from the Unified Incident Command, including contractors, are on site working to manage response efforts and contain and clean up the spill.
  • Approximately 8,300 feet of containment boom has been deployed.
  • On-water oil recovery is being conducted by five oil skimming vessels. Another 33 vessels are being used for a variety of purposes, such as deploying or maintaining containment and absorbent booms.
  • Responders have also deployed four vacuum trucks and other equipment for the response effort.
  • In addition to state and city efforts to monitor and address oil impacts, Tri-State Bird Rescue is on scene and patrolling the spill area via patrol boat. No oiled wildlife have been recovered, however, there have been sightings of oiled birds. Individuals who observe injured or oiled wildlife should not attempt to rescue them. Doing so can be dangerous, and may cause injury to both the would-be rescuer and the wildlife. Instead, observers should carefully note the type of wildlife, accurate location, and time of their observation and promptly report it by calling the following number: 732-738-2155. Trained wildlife experts will then be dispatched to recover and care for the injured wildlife.
  • Work crews began removing oil residue from vessels on the Arthur Kill on Tuesday and continued efforts over night. Thus far, four vessels have been cleaned and nine vessels are to be cleaned.
  • Responders are working to cleanup wetland areas on the Staten Island side of the Arthur Kill. There are 110 workers currently working on the Staten Island shore from Mill Creek to Port Mobile to clean up affects from the spill. Environmental contractors are removing debris from the shoreline and setting up booms along the shoreline from Mill Creek to approximately 1/8 mile north of the Outer Bridge Crossing Bridge to contain and collect oil.
  • The cause of the spill is under investigation. Chevron is cooperating with regulatory agencies to determine the cause.

Updated: February 2006